Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-2) vs Baylor Bears (10-6)Date : 01/19/2019
Time : 6:00 pm EST
Location : Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Baylor Bears
The 9th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, for a Big 12 showdown on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. eastern standard time versus the Baylor Bears. Baylor atoned for a five-point loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in their prior outing by beating up on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their last time out as they were able to hold on to a five-point lead throughout much of the second half while also getting 29 points along with nine rebounds and four assists from King McClure on a night with a Baylor shot just 41% from the floor.
The Red Raiders halted an extended winning streak in their last outing versus the Iowa State Cyclones at home as the road team was able to put in a solid defensive effort in the outing as the allowed just 41% shooting for the Red Raiders while the Cyclones ended at 43% on the night behind Marial Shayok along with Michael Jacobson, who led the team with 20 and 14 points, respectively.
Texas Tech Red Raiders's Latest Performance :
And while the offense for the Red Raiders have not been offensive juggernauts, by any stretch, throughout the season, in averaging just 72 points per game, Texas Tech remains to be a very efficient offensive squad in shooting a tad over 47% from the floor per night. Nonetheless, their offense struggled versus the Iowa State Cyclones in their last outing as they shot only 41% from the floor as Jarrett Culver led the team with 20 points as he went just 7 of 21 from the floor in the loss. On the other hand, the only other double-digit score for Texas Tech was Davide Moretti who powered in 10 points off the bench to provide a small lift for the home team in defeat.
On the other hand, the defense for Texas Tech was a bit off as well as they allowed 43% shooting to Iowa State for the night as Shayok and Jacobson powered the offensive attack in this contest while Lindell Wigginton along with Nick Weiler-Babb also chipped in 11 points each for the Cyclones as well. In all, there are not many positives that Texas Tech that can take from this matchup as they regressed a bit in every way, including rebounding.
With that being said, look for them to be anxious in which to get back onto the floor and pick up a victory in order to right their ship, moving forward. Nonetheless, look for them to have yet another defensive-minded battle versus a Baylor team that is allowing opponents just 40% shooting per outing. Also, the Baylor Bears have won three of their last four home games, overall, while the last two road games resulted in wins for Texas Tech, yet were decided by six points, or less.
Baylor Bears's Latest Performance :
The Baylor offense, which has struggled putting points on the board throughout the season, managed to put out enough offense versus the Oklahoma State Cowboys in which to obtain a four-point win in their last time out. As stated, McClure led the offensive charge with 29 points on the night while Jared Butler along with Makai Mason also chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively, for a Bears team that has exchange wins for losses in recent outings, primarily due to an offense that only converts on 43% of their shots on a nightly basis.
Versus Oklahoma State, Baylor shot 41% from the floor while allowing just 38% shooting for the Cowboys in the win; However, Oklahoma State was able to convert on 13 3-pointers on the night, which kept the game close throughout. Curtis Jones came off the bench for Oklahoma State in which to provide a huge lift in going 4-8 from long-range while leading the team with 18 points while Cameron McGriff struggled on the night in finishing with 15 points in going 3-10 from the floor along with 3 – 8 from 3-point range.
As stated, the Baylor offense has been up and down recently as it has been a huge catalyst in their inability to string together wins, lately. To make matters worse, they will now look to face a Texas Tech team that is allowing opponents to convert just 34% of their shots per outing. In fact, Texas Tech has only allowed opponents to surpass the 60 point mark in just two of their last six games, overall.
How Texas Tech Red Raiders & Baylor Bears Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas Tech is 6 – 10 – 1 ATS while the OU is 5 – 11
Baylor is 9 – 7 ATS while the OU is 6 – 9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While the Baylor Bears will be looking to extend their winning ways in this contest versus a potentially vulnerable Texas Tech Team on Saturday, also look for the Red Raiders to come into this matchup with a vengeance in which to pick up a huge victory in which to pick up some confidence, moving forward. Those offenses continue to struggle lately, as well as on the year while the defenses have been the tip of the spear in each of these squads success. With that being said, look for this to be a highly competitive Big 12 matchup on Saturday as both teams will be looking to improve their positioning within conference with an all-important victory.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders
My reason for the pick :
Despite their offensive struggles, I will back Texas Tech in this matchup as they certainly have more incentive in which to come out and play winning basketball on Saturday. And while Baylor will certainly bring their focus for this contest throughout, one should certainly look forward to the visitors tightening up on the defensive end even more in which to allow this to create easier and more efficient offensive opportunities in transition. This philosophy will certainly work well for Texas Tech in this matchup as they will leave the Ferrell Center with a huge victory vs a Baylor team that will find it difficult in which to obtain quality looks throughout the contest.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
With the defenses that will be taking the floor on Saturday, I will certainly back the under as Texas Tech comes in with one of the most efficient defenses in the nation. Baylor is not too far behind in allowing opponents to average just 40% from the floor on a nightly basis. Furthermore, the under has been the play in three of the last five home games for the Baylor Bears while it is also been the result in five of the last seven games, overall, for Texas Tech. With that being said, the under is indeed the strong play in this instance.
Betting trends for Texas Tech Red Raiders:
- The Red Raiders are 1-5-1 against the spread in last 7 games
- The under is 5-2 in Red Raiders last seven games
Betting trends for Baylor Bears:
- The Bears are 5-1 against the spread in last 6 games
- The over is 4-1 in Bears last 5 games