Baylor Bears vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction, 1/16/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baylor Bears vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Baylor (-3.5)
The Baylor Bears (11-0) go to United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-3). The line on this matchup has Baylor as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 138.
Baylor heads into this one with a win-loss mark of 11-0 on the season. They currently have an average of 89.0 points per game (5th in the nation) while hitting 50.9% from the floor. The Bears are shooting 42.8% on shots from downtown (115 of 269) and 70.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Baylor is snagging 38.8 boards per game and is sitting with 217 assists for the year, which is 17th in college hoops in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 12.0 times per game and as a unit they commit 16.3 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Bears are forcing 19.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.6 fouls. They are giving up 30.5% from beyond the arc while they are 20th in the country in opponents points per game (61.2). The Bears defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.9% (246 of 601) and they surrender 30.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 169th in D-1 in giving up assists with 129 surrendered so far this season.
The Baylor Bears stepped onto the hardwood against the TCU Horned Frogs and earned the victory with a final of 67-49 in their last contest. Baylor walked away from the game with a 45.5% field goal percentage (25 out of 55) and knocked down 6 of 19 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Bears made 11 of 19 shots for a rate of 57.9%. In regard to rebounding, they collected a total of 29 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 17 dimes for this contest while earning 10 steals and 3 blocked shots. In relation to defense, Baylor allowed 45.5% from the field on 25 out of 55 shooting. TCU earned 10 assists and had 8 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Horned Frogs collected 33 rebounds (9 offensive, 24 defensive) and had 3 blocks. TCU finished 72.2% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of 18 attempts. They also converted 6 of 19 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jared Butler is a player who was a major factor for the matchup. He totaled 28 points on 11 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 39 minutes played and grabbed 8 rebounds. Butler finished 64.7% from the field and dished out 4 assists. Another guy that was a contributor in the matchup for the Bears was MaCio Teague. He grabbed 2 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 35.7% from the field for the contest by hitting 5-of-14 (12 points). Overall, Teague was on the hardwood for 31 minutes.
Texas Tech has a win-loss mark of 11-3 on the season. The Red Raiders have committed 17.1 personal fouls every game and they connect on 71.5% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 13.1 times per contest (195th in college hoops) and they are losing possession via turnover 10.9 times per game. Texas Tech has totaled 1,061 pts this season (75.8 per contest) and they pull down 36.1 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Red Raiders are shooting 44.4% from the field, which ranks 185th in college basketball. The Red Raiders defensively are ranked 10th in the country in points given up per game with 59.4. They surrender 8.7 dimes and 32.6 rebounds every game, which ranks 5th and 81st in those categories on the defensive end. The Texas Tech defense allows 31.6% on shots from beyond the arc (85 of 269) and their opposition knocks down 68.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 18.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 39.2% from the floor (35th in college hoops).
In their last game, the Texas Tech Red Raiders got the win with a final of 79-77 against the Texas Longhorns. The Red Raiders pulled down 25 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 33 for the game. They blocked 5 attempts while getting 4 steals for this game. The Longhorns committed 19 fouls for the contest which got the Red Raiders to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to bury 22 of them for a percentage of 78.6%. In terms of shooting from distance, Texas Tech buried 7 out of 19 tries (36.8%). In all, the Red Raiders walked away from this one shooting 25 out of 60 from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.7%. The Red Raiders allowed the Longhorns to convert 23 of 54 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 42.6% in this matchup. They went 52.0% from 3-point land by shooting 13 out of 25 and finished the contest at 18 of 31 from the free throw line (58.1%). When talking about cleaning up the glass, Texas Tech allowed Texas to get 35 in total (11 offensive).
Mac McClung ended up being a major contributor for the Red Raiders in this game. He knocked down 6 of 14 for this game for a rate of 42.9%, which had him sitting at 22 points. McClung snagged 5 rebounds in his 36 mins played and added 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Texas Tech was Kevin McCullar. He walked away with 16 points in his 25 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 out of 7 shooting in the matchup. McCullar ended the game having shot 85.7% from the field while contributing 2 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Texas Tech (+3.5)
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