College Basketball Predictions: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders
Tuesday, 2/17/14, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Kansas -8
Current Betting Line: Kansas -8
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Kansas owns a one-game lead in the Big 12 Conference standings, as it hits the road after picking up a 95-65 blowout victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as 23-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the eighth time in nine contests. The Jayhawks are averaging 80.2 points per game and have a +10.2 scoring margin, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions. The team has out-rebounded 21 of 25 opponents, including 10 of 12 in conference play. Kansas is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS as road favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Jayhawks boast an NCAA-best 50.4 field goal percentage, while three of five starters are averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 16.1 points a contest. Kansas is 25-4 SU against Texas Tech—winning five straight and seven of the last eight meetings. The program has played the toughest schedule in the country thus far during the 2013-14 campaign—facing six teams currently in the AP Top 25 poll.
Texas Tech had its three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as it dropped a 70-64 decision to the Iowa State Cyclones as 11-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total for a sixth consecutive contest. The Red Raiders are looking to win three straight conference home games for the first time since 2010, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page. The program is above .500 through 25 games for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign. Texas Tech is 3-0 ATS as home underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Red Raiders have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Jaye Crockett leading the way at 14.8 points a contest. He scored a career-high 23 points at Iowa State last time out. Texas Tech paces the Big 12 and ranks 24th nationally in shooting 74.7 percent from the charity stripe.
Sports bettors will likely back the Red Raiders due to the home team going 4-0 ATS in the last four meetings.
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