Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Iowa State Cyclones Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Iowa State Cyclones
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech (-6)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-3) travel to James H. Hilton Coliseum on Saturday where they'll take on the Iowa State Cyclones (2-6). The spread on this contest has Texas Tech as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 134.
Texas Tech heads into this matchup with a mark of 9-3 on the season. They cough up possession 11.3 times per game and as a team are committing 16.9 personal fouls every game. As a team, Texas Tech is pulling down 36.3 rebounds per contest and has 162 assists on the year, which has them ranked 53rd in college hoops in terms of passing the ball. The Red Raiders are connecting on 32.6% on shots from downtown (72 of 221) and 69.9% from the charity stripe. They average 74.3 points per game (148th in Division 1) while going 43.5% from the floor. Defensively, the Red Raiders are forcing 18.7 turnovers per game while drawing 23.1 fouls. The Red Raiders defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 38.5% (237 of 616) and they relinquish 32.5 boards per contest as a squad. They currently rank 144th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 103 conceded so far this season. They relinquish 29.2% from 3-point land and they rank 7th in college hoops in PPG allowed (57.5).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders stepped onto the hardwood against the Kansas State Wildcats and walked away with a win by a score of 82-71 in their last game. Texas Tech walked away from the contest with a 45.3% FG percentage (24 of 53) and made 4 of their 18 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Red Raiders converted 30 of their 36 shots for a percentage of 83.3%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they collected a total of 31 with 10 of them being offensive. They also distributed 10 assists in the matchup while having 9 steals and 3 blocks. Regarding defending, Texas Tech allowed the other team to shoot 45.3% from the field on 24 out of 53 shooting. Kansas State doled out 15 dimes and had 4 steals for this game. Moreover, the Wildcats pulled down 26 boards (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and got 3 blocks. Kansas State shot 100.0% from the charity stripe by converting 9 of 9 attempts. They also made 8 out of their 24 attempts from long range.
Terrence Shannon is one player who was a major contributor for this game. He recorded 22 points on 5 out of 9 shooting. He was on the court for 27 mins played and collected 6 rebounds. Shannon ended up going 55.6% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that was a determining factor in this contest for the Red Raiders was Mac McClung. He totaled 4 rebounds and earned 2 dimes. He went 54.5% from the field for the game by going 6-of-11 (16 points). When this game wrapped up, McClung saw the court for 27 min.
Iowa State has a mark of 2-6 so far this season. On the offensive side of the court, the Cyclones are shooting 46.9% from the floor, which ranks them 92nd in the country. Iowa State has earned 552 points for the season (69.0 per game) and they snag 31.6 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 11.8 times per contest (280th in college hoops) and they are turning it over 16.0 times per game. The Cyclones are committing 19.3 fouls every game while shooting 74.1% from the free throw line. The Cyclones on the defensive side of the court are 241st in D-1 in points given up per game with 72.8. They have relinquished 11.4 assists and 36.6 total boards per game, which has them ranked 87th and 233rd in the country. The Iowa State defense gives up 27.2% on 3-pointers (44 of 162) and their opposition makes 74.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have forced 14.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 42.9% from the floor (190th in college hoops).
The last time they took the court, the Iowa State Cyclones took a defeat with a final score of 78-72 when they faced the Texas Longhorns. The Cyclones were able to corral 22 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 26 in this game. They also rejected 4 shots while recording 3 steals in the game. The Longhorns were called for 14 personal fouls for the game which got the Cyclones to the charity stripe for a total of 10 shots. They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 90.0%. Concerning shooting from distance, Iowa State converted 7 out of their 22 attempts (31.8%). In all, the Cyclones finished 28 out of 62 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.2%. The Cyclones permitted the Longhorns to knock down 30 of 67 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 44.8% in this game. They shot 30.8% from three-point range by going 8 of 26 and finished the contest at 10 out of 15 from the charity stripe (66.7%). Regarding team rebounding, Iowa State allowed Texas to grab 39 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Javan Johnson was important for the Cyclones in the matchup. He buried 9 out of 17 in the matchup for a field goal percentage of 52.9%, which earned him 21 points. Johnson grabbed 5 boards in his 37 mins played and had 3 dimes in this game. An additional guy who was a determining factor for Iowa State was Solomon Young. He totaled 13 points in his 29 minutes on the hardwood by way of 6 out of 10 shooting in this game. Young walked away from this one going 60.0% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 8 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas Tech (-6)
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