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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Wildcats underdogs vs Red Raiders at Texas Tech

Kansas State WildcatsTexas Tech Red Raiders
18-9February 25, 2014, 07:00 | United Spirit Arena13-14

The Kansas State Wildcats will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Red Raiders in Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Wildcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Tuesday, as they are 15-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Red Raiders are 15-9 ATS. Kansas State is 9-16 against the total, while Texas Tech is 6-16-1 versus the number.

View Kansas State Wildcats vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Red Raiders installed as -1-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

This game puts the Red Raiders, most recently No. 145 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wildcats, who rate No. 147 in the latest survey.

Kansas State was an 86-73 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Oklahoma. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Marcus Foster scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Wildcats to a win (they lost 86-73 to Oklahoma at Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday).

Texas Tech lost its last outing, an 84-62 result against Oklahoma State on February 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 10-point underdog. Texas Tech was run off the court by the Cowboys on Saturday as Oklahoma State routed them 84-62 at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas Tech's No. 156 nationally ranked offense (70.63 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 34 at 64.07 PPG. The Red Raiders have been averaging 46.3% from the field, more than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (43.72% on average).

A few Wildcats at Red Raiders trends to consider:
Kansas State is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games
Kansas State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Kansas State is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
Kansas State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Texas Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Texas Tech is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas Tech's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas Tech's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Kansas State home to Iowa State, Saturday, March 1st
Texas Tech at Baylor, Saturday, March 1st