Texas Tech Red Raiders at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Gallagher-Iba Arena – Stillwater, Oklahoma
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 9:00 pm Eastern, TV: ESPNU
Opening Line: Oklahoma State -14 1/2
Current Line: Oklahoma State -14
Opening Total: 126
Current Total: 127
Opening Money Line: OSU -1450 / TTU +850
Current Money Line: OSU -1450 / TTU +850
There are no easy games in the Big 12 as every team is above .500, including conference cellar dweller Texas Tech. The 10-8 Red Raiders travel to the 12-5 Oklahoma State Cowboys Wednesday. Texas Tech is 0-5 in conference and in last place. OSU is tied for seventh with Baylor at 2-3 in conference.
In a series that dates back to 1937, Oklahoma State leads the series 42-14 including 22-3 in Stillwater. Oklahoma State won 2 of the 3 meetings last season including the meeting in Stillwater and in the Big 12 tournament 80-62 in Kansas City. The Cowboys will make the return trip to Lubbock February 28.
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Texas Tech is coached by Tubby Smith. The Red Raiders have road losses to LSU, Kansas and Kansas State, neutral site losses to Loyola-(IL) and Houston in a tournament in Las Vegas, plus home losses to Texas, West Virginia and TCU 62-42 Saturday. Texas Tech has lost 5 straight games and 7 of their last 8. The Red Raiders have home wins over Loyola-(MD), Missouri State, Air Force, Auburn, Fresno State, and North Texas. Texas Tech is 5-8 ATS and the total is 4-5 this season. The Red Raiders were 2.5 point underdogs against TCU and the total was 125.5.
Oklahoma State is coached by Travis Ford. The Cowboys have road losses at South Carolina, Iowa State, Kansas and Oklahoma 82-65 Saturday, along with a home loss to Maryland. OSU has lost 2 straight games. The Cowboys have home wins over Milwaukee, North Texas, Middle Tennessee, Kansas State and Texas, neutral site wins over Oregon state and Tulsa in a tournament in Las Vegas and Missouri in Kansas City, and a road win over Memphis. OSU is8-6 ATS and the total is 5-7 this season. The Cowboys were 6.5 point underdogs against bedlam rival Oklahoma and the total was 133.
Texas Tech is outscoring teams 65-61 this season. The Red Raiders are shooting 41.6% from the field including 30.5% from 3 point range. Texas Tech makes 64.9% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 39.8% from the field and 32.6% from 3 point range. Texas Tech averages 36.5 rebounds per game and opponents average 29.7 per game. The Red Raiders average 11.2 assists, 14.1 turnovers, 6.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game. Opponents average 10.4 assists, 13.9 turnovers, 7.4 steals and 3.3 blocks per game.
Guard Devaugntah Williams averages 10.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1 steal per game. Robert Turner averages 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1 steal per game. Norense Odiase averages 7.1 points and 4.7 assists per game. Justin Gray averages 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. He is questionable with a knee injury. Toddrick Gotcher, Randy Onwuasor, Zach Smith, Keenan Evans and Isaiah Manderson will also get time in the rotation.
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Oklahoma State is outscoring teams 70-61 this season. The Cowboys are #46 nationally in points allowed nationally. Oklahoma State is shooting 44.1% from the field and 33.4% from 3 point range. The Cowboys make 70.7% of their free throws. Opponents are shooting 38.3% from the field and 31.5% from 3 point range. The Cowboys are #29 nationally in field goal defense. OSU averages 35.9 rebounds per game and opponents average 31.9 per game. Oklahoma State averages 11.8 assists, 12.5 turnovers, 8.9 steals and 5 blocks per game. Opponents average 10.7 assists, 14.9 turnovers, 6 steals and 3.4 blocks per game.
Guard/forward Le’Bryan Nash averages 17.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. Guard Phil Forte III averages 17.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Anthony Hickey, Jr. averages 9.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Michael Cobbins averages 6.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. Six other players average at least 11 minutes per game.
Texas Tech is 7-3 in Wednesday games, 2-7 in road games, and against teams with winning home records, 2-8 against teams with winning records, 1-4 overall, and 1-5 against Big 12 teams. The over is 5-2 in this series recently.
Oklahoma State is 5-0 ATS in Wednesday games,38-13-2 against teams with losing road records, 59-29-4 at home, 4-9-1 after a loss and after failing to cover. The favorite is 6-1 ATS in this series recently. The home team is 5-1 ATS in the series as well. The Cowboys have covered 6 of the last 7 against the Red Raiders including the last 4 in Stillwater.
Both teams are looking to snap losing streaks but Oklahoma State is simply a better team. This should be a low scoring game and I think the Red Raiders stay within the big number.