Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Northern Kentucky Norse Preview
Northern Kentucky Norse vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Odds
A key college battle sees the visiting Northern Kentucky Norse travelling to Texas Tech Tuesday to take on the Red Raiders.
Supporters of the Norse have watched them go 0-5 and 2-2 ATS on the year, while the Red Raiders are at 4-1 and 1-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Red Raiders are 0-1, while the Norse have a 0-0 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 312-ranked Red Raiders and the No. 334-rated Norse in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 80-56 win for the Red Raiders on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas Tech's No. 15-ranked scoring average of 82.4 PPG, against a Norse defense rated No. 199 and allowing 67.2 PPG. The Red Raiders FG% has averaged 45.2% to date this season, more than the Norse shooters have managed so far (35.9% per game).
Defensively, Northern Kentucky features the nation's No. 140-rated defense on the road, allowing 68 points per game. Texas Tech, meanwhile, comes in at No. 51 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Northern Kentucky, they were a 70-43 loser as they battled Ohio State on the road. Northern Kentucky was run off the court by the Buckeyes on Saturday as Ohio State routed them 70-43 at Value City Arena.
Texas Tech was an 85-57 loser in their most recent outing at home against Arizona. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. Texas Tech was run off the court by the Wildcats on Saturday as Arizona routed them 85-57 at United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing McNeese State are 0-1
After a loss are 1-9
A few Norse at Red Raiders trends to consider:
Texas Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Texas Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Texas Tech is 5-19 SU in its last 24 games
Northern Kentucky at Hampton, Thursday, December 20
Texas Tech home to McNeese State, Sunday, December 16