WVU at Texas Tech 1/13/18 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions
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WVU Mountaineers vs. TT Red Raiders
NCAAB: 2:00 PM EST
Jan. 13, 2018
Latest Odds : TTU -4.5 Total 144
West Virginia is riding a 15-game winning streak and coming off impressive back-to-back victories over Oklahoma and Baylor. But now coach Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers must take their show on the road to Lubbock and face a Texas Tech squad hungry to rebound from a 75-65 loss at Oklahoma in their last matchup. Points will come with a price in this battle between defensive-minded teams.
The Mountaineers appear to have all the pieces to make a deep run in March. They are ninth in the nation in defensive efficiency, forcing turnovers on 27 percent of opponent's possessions (25.4 pct in four Big 12 games). Opponents have scored 64.9 points per game. WVU point guard Jevon Carter is a freak, averaging 16.1 points, 6.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. He's arguably the best perimeter defender in the nation. Daxter Miles adds 13.8 ppg and Lamont West chips in 12.9 ppg for the Mountaineers who are 35th in offensive efficiency, scoring 82.8 ppg.
Texas Tech can tie West Virginia for first in the Big 12 standings with a victory and coach Chris Beard will hope his ferocious defensive game plan can rattle the Mountaineers. The Red Raiders are third in the nation in defensive efficiency, giving up 60.2 ppg, and are first against Big 12 teams. Keenan Evans leads TT with 17.3 ppg and Zaire Smith and Jarrett Culver contribute 10 each to an 80 ppg attack. TTU is 38th in efficiency, bolstered by low post scoring and offensive rebounding.
Recent Betting Trends:
Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Under is 5-2 in Mountaineers last 7 games following a straight up win.
Under is 5-0 in Red Raiders last 5 Saturday games.
Free Betting Pick: West Virginia Mountaineers -4.5
This Mountaineers pressure defense is so hard to prepare for and it has been difference in this huge 15 game winning streak. West Virginia keeps it rolling tonight as their superstar PG Jevon Carter is great on both ends of floor and gets upset as the #2 team in College Hoops. Final Score Prediction, WVU Mountaineers win and cover ATS 75-73.