A defensive struggle should be expected when the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-7, 3-3 Big 12) and the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers (16-3, 4-2 Big 12) clash at United Supermarkets Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Preview
The Mountaineers had no trouble getting past the Missouri Tigers in their last contest, 74-51. With 15 points and nine rebounds, Jermaine Haley played well for West Virginia. West Virginia dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 51.2 (above their season average of 39.9) and a turnover percentage of 12.5 (better than their season average of 17.7). For those same stats, Missouri was 25.6 and 20.8, respectively.
In the Red Raiders’ last game, they were dismantled by the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats, 76-74. Kyler Edwards led Texas Tech in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Kentucky did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (21-25; 84.0 percent). Texas Tech, on the other hand, forced the Wildcats into a turnover percentage of 23.3 (above their season average of 16.0).
Baskets could be hard to come by as two of the country’s top defenses clash. Texas Tech currently ranks 20th in defensive efficiency (89.0) and West Virginia is third (85.4). Also, the Mountaineers rank 294th in turnover percentage (21.1 percent), while the Red Raiders rank 17th in opponents’ turnover percentage (24.8 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Mountaineers won 66-54. The Mountaineers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.479 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.448. The Red Raiders were 0.081 and 0.324, respectively, for those same stats. Oscar Tshiebwe had a stellar game, with seven points and 17 rebounds.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – West Virginia, ATS Winner – West Virginia, O/U – Over
Texas Tech ranks 18th in assists per game (16.3) while West Virginia ranks 138th (13.1).
The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 10.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 77.2 points per game (3.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 59.4 points per game (0.7 below their season average).