Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 2/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech (+2)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-6) are headed to Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday where they'll meet the Kansas Jayhawks (16-7). Kansas opens this game as 2-point favorites. The total has been set at 134.
Texas Tech comes into this one with a win-loss mark of 14-6 on the campaign. They turn it over 11.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Texas Tech is pulling down 35.8 rebounds per game and is sitting with 254 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 152nd in the country in terms of passing. The Red Raiders are shooting 34.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (128 of 377) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 74.3 pts per contest (109th in college hoops) while going 43.6% from the floor. Defensively, the Red Raiders have forced 16.9 turnovers every game and they draw 21.2 personal fouls. The Red Raiders defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.9% (425 of 1,039) and they relinquish 32.6 boards per game as a unit. They rank 57th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 175 conceded this season. They are giving up 35.0% on three-point shots and they are ranked 21st in college basketball in opponents points per game (62.7).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders faced off with the West Virginia Mountaineers and took a loss by a score of 82-71 in their last game. Texas Tech walked away from the contest having earned a 44.8% FG percentage (26 out of 58) and buried 5 out of their 17 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Red Raiders knocked down 14 of their 20 tries for a rate of 70.0%. Pertaining to pulling down boards, they earned a total of 26 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 15 assists in the game while earning 9 steals and 4 blocks. Regarding defense, Texas Tech let their opponent shoot 44.8% from the floor on 26 out of 58 shooting. West Virginia earned 9 assists and had 5 steals in this game. Additionally, the Mountaineers pulled down 25 rebounds (8 offensive, 17 defensive) and added 4 blocks. West Virginia ended up shooting 74.4% when shooting free throws by converting 29 of 39 tries. They buried 7 of their 14 tries from distance.
Mac McClung is a player who came through in the game. He scored 17 points on 7 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 minutes and also totaled 4 rebounds. McClung shot 43.8% from the field and distributed 2 assists. Another guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Red Raiders was Kyler Edwards. He collected 7 boards and also totaled 6 assists. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the floor for the game by shooting 3-of-6 (11 points). When the final whistle blew, Edwards played 36 minutes.
Kansas has a win-loss record of 16-7 for the campaign. Kansas has tallied 1,701 points on the season (74.0 per game) and they average 38.2 rebounds per game. The Jayhawks are responsible for committing 15.3 fouls per game and they connect on 72.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Jayhawks are shooting 44.1% from the field, which is 189th in the country. They are earning an assist 13.7 times per contest (146th in college basketball) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per game. The Jayhawks on the defensive side of the court are 68th in college basketball in PPG given up with 66.2. They are forcing 14.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 40.9% from the floor (62nd in D-1). The Kansas defense allows 33.3% on shots from beyond the arc (168 of 504) and opponents are knocking down 73.4% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 11.3 dimes and 33.7 rebounds per contest, which is 58th and 122nd in college hoops.
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks walked away with a victory by a final of 59-41 when they played the Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks recorded 26 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for the game. They blocked 2 shots while recording 11 steals for the contest. The Wildcats were called for 17 personal fouls in this matchup which took the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 17 attempts. They were able to knock down 11 of them for a percentage of 64.7%. In the matter of shots from beyond the perimeter, Kansas knocked down 4 of 16 attempts (25.0%). When all was said and done, the Jayhawks ended up going 22 for 48 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.8%. The Jayhawks permitted the Wildcats to make 18 of their 58 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 31.0% for the contest. They went 12.5% from downtown by hitting 3 of 24 and walked away from this one shooting 2 out of 6 at the free throw line (33.3%). When it comes to how they attacked the glass, Kansas permitted Kansas State to collect 32 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Marcus Garrett ended up being a factor for the Jayhawks in this matchup. He buried 5 out of 9 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 55.6%, which got him 14 points. Garrett collected 3 rebounds in his 30 minutes and had 2 dimes for the game. Another guy that was important for Kansas was Jalen Wilson. He notched 11 points in his 30 minutes on the hardwood via 3 of 8 from the floor in this matchup. Wilson ended up shooting 37.5% from the floor and also earning 2 dimes and 9 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas (-2)
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