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Texas Tech vs. Kansas State Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 1-14-2020

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#629 Texas Tech
Red Raiders -3.5
#630 Kansas State
Wildcats 3.5

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 8:00pm

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Game Stats

Texas Tech

10 - 5

5-9
ATS
7-6
O/U
73
PPG
62
OPPG

Kansas State

7 - 8

5-10
ATS
8-6
O/U
64
PPG
60
OPPG

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In a Big 12 conference match-up, the Kansas State Wildcats host the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday night. Both teams have been struggling for fluency in conference play: the Wildcats have lost three straight to open Big 12 play.

Red Raiders drop two straight conference games

Form

The Red Raiders started the season with five wins, then lost three, then won five again and have now lost two again on the bounce. Overall, the Red Raiders are 10-5 for the season, with 1-2 in conference play.

Last game

Texas Tech was beaten 66-54 by the West Virginia Mountaineers. Davide Moretti led the scoring for the Red Raiders, with 16 points. The Red Raiders were beaten by six points in both halves, an indicator they were just beaten by a better team on the day.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

“The game plan goes out the door when you can’t score," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. "I thought we played decent defense tonight but we just were really bad on the offensive end.”

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Kansas State still looking for first conference win

Form

The Wildcats started the season in sprightly fashion, winning four straight games. However, they have endured a bad slip in form. They have lost five of their previous six games. They've also lost three successive conference games.

Last game

The Texas Longhorns cruised to a 64-50 win. It was a season-low tally for the Wildcats. Kansas State had several delays getting to the game, including issues with their airplane. Cartier Diarra led the scoring with 14 points.

What was said? (According to the Associated Press)

"They were very physical defensively. I thought it got our guys a little bit rattled," Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. "You know the saying, `When it rains, it pours?' Well, it was pouring ice. Texas didn't care. Texas didn't feel sorry for us."

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

Again, it's a good time to look at the skill of a team. The No. 22 Red Raiders have plenty of depth and experience in their roster. They have shown the propensity to put away big opponents with consummate ease. The Wildcats have been woeful in conference play, losing their first three games. All the signs points to a cover-spreading win for the Red Raiders.

Prediction: Texas Tech Red Raiders -3.5

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Wildcats just don't play high-scoring games. They score 64.8 points per game, which is woeful, but they are also allowing just 60.8 points every game. That means they like slow-paced basketball, with the tempo in their control. They are also coming off a 50-point game. The Red Raiders are similar.

Prediction: Under

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