Texas Tech Red Raiders vs West Virginia Mountaineers Prediction, 1/25/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs West Virginia Mountaineers
Date: Monday, January 25, 2021
Location: WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, WV
Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech (+2)
WVU Coliseum is the venue where and the West Virginia Mountaineers (10-4) will play the Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-4) on Monday. The line on this contest has West Virginia as 2-point favorites. The total is set at 134.5.
Texas Tech enters this game with a win-loss mark of 11-4 this year. They are averaging 74.7 points per game (118th in D-1) while shooting 43.8% from the field. The Red Raiders are connecting on 32.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (92 of 282) and 71.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Texas Tech is grabbing 36.5 boards per contest and has accounted for 190 assists for the year, which is 121st in the country in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.3 personal fouls per contest. On the defensive end of the court, the Red Raiders are forcing their opponents into 18.0 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 22.3 fouls. The Red Raiders defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 39.4% (309 of 784) and they relinquish 32.9 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 73rd in college basketball in giving up assists with 128 relinquished for the campaign. They are giving up 32.1% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 10th in college hoops in PPG allowed (59.9).
The Texas Tech Red Raiders faced the Baylor Bears and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 68-60 in their last contest. Texas Tech ended the game with a 35.5% FG percentage (22 of 62) and made 6 of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Red Raiders made 10 of 14 attempts for a percentage of 71.4%. When talking about hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 41 with 18 of them being offensive. They also distributed 5 assists for the contest in addition to having 8 steals and 9 blocked shots. With respect to the defense, Texas Tech allowed the other team to go 35.5% from the field on 22 of 62 shooting. Baylor recorded 6 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. Moreover, the Bears collected 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 9 blocked shots. Baylor finished shooting 59.1% at the charity stripe by knocking down 13 of their 22 tries. They knocked down 9 out of their 24 shots from 3-point land.
Mac McClung is a player who had an impact for the contest. He ended up finishing with 24 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He saw the court for 35 mins played and also totaled 2 boards. McClung ended up shooting 44.4% from the floor and also recorded 2 dimes. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Red Raiders was Kevin McCullar. He snagged 10 rebounds and earned 3 dimes. He ended up going 27.3% from the floor in the matchup by going 3-of-11 (10 points). Overall, McCullar saw the court for 35 min.
West Virginia has a win-loss record of 10-4 for the year. The Mountaineers have committed 16.4 fouls per game and they hit 70.8% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 13.8 times per contest (150th in D-1) and they turn the ball over 11.9 times per game. West Virginia has accounted for 1,043 points this season (74.5 per contest) and they collect 39.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to offense, the Mountaineers are hitting on 41.7% from the field, which has them ranked 288th in college basketball. The Mountaineers defensively are ranked 124th in college hoops in points given up per game with 68.1. The West Virginia defense gives up 28.7% from downtown (93 of 324) and opponents are knocking down 67.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 13.1 dimes and 36.1 total boards per game, which is ranked 191st and 227th in the country. They are able to force 15.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 42.3% from the field (140th in the country).
When they last played, the West Virginia Mountaineers got the win with a final of 69-47 when they faced the Kansas State Wildcats. The Mountaineers recorded 18 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 23 in this matchup. They stuffed 2 attempts while recording 13 steals for this contest. The Wildcats were called for 20 fouls in the game which took the Mountaineers to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to make 17 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.3%. Regarding three-point shots, West Virginia converted 8 of 20 tries (40.0%). When this game wrapped up, the Mountaineers went 22 for 50 from the field which had them sitting at 44.0%. The Mountaineers permitted the Wildcats to bury 16 of their 42 tries from the field which had them shooting 38.1% in the matchup. They finished 20.0% from three-point range via 3 of 15 and finished the contest at 12 of 19 at the charity stripe (63.2%). Regarding how they attacked the glass, West Virginia permitted Kansas State to collect 31 in all (8 offensive).
Miles McBride ended up having an impact for the Mountaineers in the matchup. He converted 7 of 12 in this matchup for a rate of 58.3%, which had him sitting at 18 points. McBride pulled down 3 rebounds in his 37 minutes and had 5 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that was important for West Virginia was Jalen Bridges. He notched 12 points in his 16 minutes played by going 5 out of 6 shooting for the contest. Bridges ended up shooting 83.3% from the field while also contributing 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take West Virginia (-2)
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