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WVU Out To Prove They Are Class Of Big 12 vs TTU

West Virginia may be the hottest team in the nation. The Mountaineers have not lost since their season opener – a game played in Germany – with the program rattling off 15 consecutive wins. This winning streak has West Virginia ranked No.2 in the nation and sitting atop the Big 12. However, it does not get easier for WVU, as they visit the No.8 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders Saturday.

Shark Bites
  • West Virginia is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games against Texas Tech.
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of West Virginia's last 9 games against Texas Tech.
  • Texas Tech is 6-0 SU in its last 6 games at home against teams with winning records.

West Virginia will get a boost for this game, as forward Esa Ahmad will be back in the lineup after serving a 16 game suspension. Ahmad – who averaged 11.3 points and 4.3 rebounds as a sophomore – is expected to see plenty of minutes but the young frontcourt duo of Lamont West and Teddy Allen will help ease the junior back into the lineup.

Texas Tech struggled on both ends of the court in their most recent outing vs Oklahoma, which led to just their second loss of the season. That contest saw the Red Raiders struggle offensively, scoring just 65 points and shooting 37.3% from the field. However, Chris Beard’s team is 11-0 in Lubbock this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Texas Tech Red Raiders betting line opened as -3.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at BetOnline but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening over/under total as well at MyBookie.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The West Virginia Mountaineers will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Saturday; they are 6-7 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Texas Tech Red Raiders are 9-5 ATS. West Virginia Mountaineers are 6-8 on betting the total; Texas Tech Red Raiders are 4-10.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 11-rated West Virginia Mountaineers taking on the No. 5-rated Texas Tech Red Raiders in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Texas Tech's No. 56-ranked offense, averaging 80.06 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 31 at 64.94 PPG. The Red Raiders field goal percentage has averaged 48.57% so far, more than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.25% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Mountaineers got 12 points from Daxter Miles Jr. as West Virginia ran past Baylor 57-54 on Tuesday at WVU Colliseum.

The Red Raiders endured a 75-65 loss at the hands of the Sooners on Tuesday, despite a 19-point effort from Keenan Evans at Lloyd Noble Center.

Betting Trends
  • West Virginia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • West Virginia is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • West Virginia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of West Virginia's last 7 games on the road
  • Texas Tech is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
  • Texas Tech is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Texas Tech is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing West Virginia
  • Texas Tech is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing West Virginia

Next Betting Matchups

West Virginia home to Kansas, Monday, January 15th
Texas Tech at Texas, Wednesday, January 17th