West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders NCAA Basketball Live Odds and Free Picks


West Virginia Mountaineers
West Virginia Mountaineers
15-1 (3-0 V)
2:00 pm ET, Saturday, January 13, 2018
United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech Red Raiders
14-2 (11-0 H)
ESPN
 
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders NCAA Basketball Live Odds and Free Picks

Second-ranked West Virginia takes a 15-game winning streak and its unblemished record in the Big 12 Conference on the road for a test at No. 8 Texas Tech on Saturday.

There aren't many hospitable road trips in the Big 12 and the Mountaineers certainly know Lubbock, Texas, isn't an easy place to win.

An unranked Texas Tech team handed then-No. 7 West Virginia a one-point overtime loss at United Supermarkets Arena last season. Now the Red Raiders find themselves ranked in the top 10 with a chance to regain a share of the conference lead.

But at least West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) can take comfort in having one of its top assets back in the lineup. Forward Esa Ahmad missed the first 16 games of the season on NCAA suspension for undisclosed reasons. The NCAA cleared Ahmad, who averaged 11.3 points as a sophomore last season, to play starting with Saturday's game.

Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins said after his team's win over Baylor on Tuesday that he assumes Ahmad will have an impact on his first game back and find his rhythm very soon. But Huggins also said he's not certain Ahmad will immediately be in good game shape.

"I worry about his conditioning," Huggins said. "He's practiced with us, you know, and he really hasn't practiced with the guys who played the most. He's played against those guys."

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said his team will prepare for Ahmad to play his usual allotment of minutes. However, the Red Raiders coach clearly thinks the specifics of the Mountaineers' rotation is secondary to their overall mindset.

"Teams have identities and coaches have things they believe in," Beard said. "With West Virginia, it starts with their toughness. In a lot of ways, they have the kind of program that we're going to continue to try to build."

Other than West Virginia, Texas Tech has received perhaps more acclaim for its defense than any team in the Big 12 in this campaign. The Red Raiders have held opponents to 60.2 points per game, ranking fifth nationally.

That helped Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1) win eight straight games during December and January, including three over ranked opponents and its first three Big 12 contests.

Oklahoma snapped the Red Raiders' winning streak on Tuesday. But Texas Tech still managed to lead 31-29 at the half after successfully harassing the high-scoring Sooners for 20 minutes.

"We just want to be a team that embraces defense," Beard said. "It's something that we believe in. We think you've got to be a team that defends. We start in the recruiting process."

Another of the Red Raiders' strengths has been depth -- they have liberally distributed minutes among a 10-man rotation. That could be limited against West Virginia, though, as forward Zach Smith missed Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and forward Justin Gray was limited with tightness in his knee. Beard said both players are being evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

Beard has been adamant about Texas Tech increasing its home-court advantage through crowd support. The Red Raiders have drawn more than 12,000 fans for each of their two home games in Big 12 play and expect another big gathering against No. 2 West Virginia.

However, the Texas Tech coach was careful not to place too much emphasis on the result versus the Mountaineers.

"I told the guys yesterday, 'This isn't about winning the game Saturday,'" Beard said. "'This isn't a must win. You're in an 18-round fight. What's must is that we play well and we give ourselves a chance to win.'"

 

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders VDB Sport Betting Odds and Predictions

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
West Virginia Mountaineers +5 (-105) - -
Texas Tech Red Raiders -5 (-115) - -

Vegas Daily Betting Free Prediction: West Virginia Mountaineers +5

 


 

West Virginia Mountaineers vs Texas Tech Red Raiders VDB Sport Betting Matchup Report

 

Team Records

West Virginia Mountaineers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 15-1 11-1 4-0 6-6 4-4 2-2 82.81 64.94 17.87
Last 10 10-0 7-0 3-0 4-4 2-3 2-1 79.30 65.40 13.90
vs Conf 4-0 2-0 2-0 3-1 1-1 2-0 77.00 69.50 7.50

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 14-2 11-0 3-2 8-4 5-2 3-2 80.06 60.19 19.87
Last 10 8-2 7-0 1-2 5-3 4-1 1-2 78.10 63.10 15.00
vs Conf 3-1 2-0 1-1 3-1 2-0 1-1 75.25 64.75 10.50

Betting Odds Trends

West Virginia Mountaineers
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
West Virginia is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Texas Tech
West Virginia is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Texas Tech
The total has gone OVER in 8 of West Virginia's last 9 games when playing Texas Tech
West Virginia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
The total has gone OVER in 5 of West Virginia's last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
Texas Tech Red Raiders
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
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas Tech's last 9 games when playing West Virginia
Texas Tech is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against West Virginia
Texas Tech is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against West Virginia
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech's last 5 games when playing at home against West Virginia

Injuries

West Virginia Mountaineers

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Esa Ahmad F Elig Sat - Eligibility - 1/10/18 Ahmad is dealing with an eligibility issue but will be allowed to play Saturday against Texas Tech.
Brandon Knapper G out for season - Knee - 11/6/17 Knapper had offseason knee surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Justin Gray G Prob Sat - Knee - 1/12/18 Gray is expected to play against West Virginia on Saturday despite being bothered by a knee injury.
Zach Smith F Ques Sat - Foot - 1/9/18 Smith is nursing a foot injury and it is unknown if it will prevent him from playing against West Virginia on Saturday.
Hyron Edwards G Out indefinitely - Concussion - 11/30/17 Edwards is sidelined due to concussion-like symptoms and it is unclear how much time he will need to recover.

Recent Meetings

Date Home Away Line ATS
2/18/17 WVU 83 (OT) TTU 74 -10.5/142.5 TTU/O
1/3/17 TTU 77 (OT) WVU 76 2/145 TTU/O
3/2/16 WVU 90 TTU 68 -10.5/144.5 WVU/O
1/23/16 TTU 76 WVU 80 3.5/143 WVU/O
1/31/15 WVU 77 TTU 58 -17.5/137 WVU/U
1/5/15 TTU 67 WVU 78 6/135.5 WVU/O
1/22/14 WVU 87 TTU 81 -7/139.5 TTU/O
1/6/14 TTU 86 WVU 89 (OT) 2/143 WVU/O
3/13/13 WVU 69 TTU 71 -8/130 TTU/O
2/16/13 WVU 66 TTU 64 -13.5/135.5 TTU/U

West Virginia: Last 10 Games

Date vs Score Line ATS WVU FG Opp FG Reb
1/9/18 BAY 57-54 (W) -9.5/148 LU 19/61 19/53 32-43
1/6/18 OKLA 89-76 (W) -5.5/173 WU 32/70 25/58 35-34
1/1/18 @KSU 77-69 (W) -1.5/148 WU 30/56 20/56 36-25
12/29/17 @OKST 85-79 (W) -3/153.5 WO 25/57 24/47 32-29
12/23/17 FOR 86-69 (W) -28.5/140.5 LO 30/66 23/54 40-27
12/20/17 COPP 77-38 (W) -/- -- 24/77 11/47 53-35
12/9/17 @PITT 69-60 (W) -15.5/150.5 LU 27/59 16/47 29-36
12/5/17 UVA 68-61 (W) -4/132 WU 21/50 19/46 30-23
11/30/17 NJIT 102-69 (W) -/- -- 35/71 23/57 41-33
11/26/17 MIZZ (N) 83-79 (W) -7.5/150 LO 22/60 24/56 29-44

Texas Tech: Last 10 Games 

Date vs Score Line ATS TTU FG Opp FG Reb
1/9/18 @OKLA 65-75 (L) 2.5/162 LU 25/67 25/61 42-34
1/6/18 KSU 74-58 (W) -9.5/139.5 WU 24/41 20/42 27-18
1/2/18 @KU 85-73 (W) 7.5/148 WO 29/67 25/55 41-27
12/29/17 BAY 77-53 (W) -7.5/138.5 WU 26/52 19/51 36-17
12/22/17 ACU 74-47 (W) -/- -- 25/49 18/61 40-29
12/19/17 FAU 90-54 (W) -23/142.5 WO 32/65 21/58 35-30
12/16/17 RICE 73-53 (W) -28.5/142 LU 31/63 17/44 30-30
12/13/17 KENN 82-53 (W) -/- -- 32/61 14/43 38-19
12/5/17 NEV 82-76 (W) (OT) -5.5/148.5 WO 26/62 25/59 34-31
11/30/17 HALL (N) 79-89 (L) 2.5/136 LO 30/63 30/59 31-30

 

 

 

 

 

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