NCAA hoops odds preview - West Virginia vs. Texas Tech
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Texas Tech Red Raiders try to run the West Virginia Mountaineers off the court at United Spirit Arena in college hoops action.
This season, the Red Raiders are 9-9 overall and 5-6 ATS ATS, while the Mountaineers are 9-11 and 7-10-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Texas Tech boasts a 3-7 on the OU, and West Virginia is 8-10.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Texas Tech sat as 4.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Red Raiders rated this week at No. 302 and the Mountaineers sitting at No. 120. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 68-65 result in favor of the Mountaineers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas Tech's No. 175 nationally ranked offense (67.7 points per game) against a Mountaineers defense that sits as the No. 183 at 66.4 PPG. The Red Raiders have been averaging 42.5% from the field, more than the Mountaineers have managed so far this season (39.4% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, West Virginia owns the country's No. 156-rated mark, allowing 69 points per game on the highway. Texas Tech, on the other hand, rates No. 179 in scoring at home.
West Virginia lost its last outing, a 61-56 result against Kansas on January 28. They covered in that game as an 8-point underdog. The Mountaineers got 17 points from Aaric Murray, but it was Kansas that prevailed in a 61-56 final on Monday at WVU Colliseum.
Texas Tech lost its last outing, a 73-57 result against Texas on January 26. They failed to cover in that game as a 11-point underdog. The Red Raiders got 18 points from Jordan Tolbert, but it was Texas that prevailed in a 73-57 final on Saturday at Frank Erwin Center.
West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Texas are 2-1
After a loss are 5-5
Texas Tech Red Raiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Kansas State are 3-7
After playing Texas are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7
A few Mountaineers at Red Raiders trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of West Virginia's last 14 games on the road
West Virginia is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Texas Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
West Virginia home to Texas, Monday, February 4
Texas Tech home to Kansas State, Tuesday, February 5