Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 2/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech (-17)
Bramlage Coliseum is the venue where and the Kansas State Wildcats (5-14) will take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-5) on Saturday. Kansas State opens this game as 17-point underdogs. The total has been set at 130.
Texas Tech heads into this game with a mark of 13-5 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 74.5 points per game (118th in college hoops) on 43.4% from the field. The Red Raiders are shooting 33.1% on three-point shots (113 of 341) and 72.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, Texas Tech is pulling down 36.7 boards per game and has 221 assists this year, which ranks 126th in D-1 in terms of passing. They cough up possession 10.9 times per game and as a group are committing 16.9 personal fouls per contest. When they are on defense, the Red Raiders have forced 16.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 21.3 fouls. They rank 66th in D-1 in allowing assists with 153 surrendered this season. The Red Raiders defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.3% (382 of 948) and they relinquish 32.7 boards per contest as a basketball team. They give up 33.9% from beyond the arc while they are 15th in college basketball in points per game allowed (61.7).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders faced off with the Oklahoma Sooners and took home the win by a score of 57-52 in their last contest. Texas Tech ended the contest having earned a 33.3% FG percentage (17 of 51) and knocked down 5 of their 14 shots from beyond the perimeter. When they shot from the free throw line, the Red Raiders converted 18 of their 22 tries for a rate of 81.8%. In reference to grabbing rebounds, they earned 37 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 7 assists in this matchup as well as earning 5 steals and 4 rejections. With respect to defending, Texas Tech allowed 33.3% from the field on 17 out of 51 shooting. Oklahoma distributed 3 assists and had 8 steals in this matchup. Moreover, the Sooners grabbed 30 rebounds (9 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Oklahoma finished the game at 76.9% from the charity stripe by making 10 of 13 shots. They also buried 6 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc.
Kevin McCullar is one guy who was a factor for this contest. He had 13 points on 3 of 10 shooting. He played for 32 minutes and also grabbed 8 boards. McCullar went 30.0% from the floor and recorded 2 dimes. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Red Raiders was Mac McClung. He had 2 boards and accounted for 2 dimes. He shot poorly from the floor in this contest by going 0-of-7 (6 points). When the final whistle was blown, McClung saw the court for 28 min.
Kansas State has a win-loss record of 5-14 so far this year. Kansas State has 1,185 points on the campaign (62.4 per contest) and they grab 32.3 boards per game. The Wildcats commit 17.1 personal fouls per game and they shoot 66.8% from the free throw line. As an offense, the Wildcats are shooting 41.7% from the floor, which is 286th in the country. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 13.4 times per contest (171st in Division 1) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.2 times per contest. The Wildcats on the defensive side of the court are 257th in D-1 in PPG given up with 73.8. The Kansas State defense gives up 38.4% from downtown (163 of 424) and their opposition knocks down 73.1% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 14.6 assists and 32.6 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 283rd and 71st in college hoops. They are able to force 12.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.8% from the field (324th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Kansas State Wildcats walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 74-51 when they faced the Kansas Jayhawks. The Wildcats were able to corral 25 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 33 for the contest. They also turned away 2 shots while recording 2 steals for the matchup. The Jayhawks had 14 fouls for the game which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to bury 10 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. Concerning 3-pointers, Kansas State converted 5 of their 21 attempts (23.8%). In all, the Wildcats ended up shooting 18 for 53 from the field which gave them a rate of 34.0%. The Wildcats permitted the Jayhawks to knock down 29 out of 67 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 43.3% for the matchup. They finished 31.0% from 3-point land by connecting on 9 of 29 and finished the game at 7 of 8 at the free throw line (87.5%). Regarding attacking the glass, Kansas State permitted Kansas to grab 41 overall (13 on the offensive side).
Nijel Pack pitched in for the Wildcats for the game. He converted 4 of 10 in this contest giving him a rate of 40.0%, which had him finishing with 10 points. Pack pulled down 5 boards in his 35 minutes and accumulated 3 dimes in this contest. Another guy that was important for Kansas State was Mike McGuirl. He totaled 10 points in 34 minutes on the court via 3 out of 10 from the floor for the contest. McGuirl ended the game having shot 30.0% from the field while contributing 2 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas State (+17)
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