Texas Tech at Iowa State: 1/9/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Iowa State Cyclones (2-6) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-3)
Game Info: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 4:00 pm (James H. Hilton Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Iowa State Cyclones +6 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Iowa State Cyclones face off on Saturday in a college basketball showdown at Hilton Coliseum.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have been a problem in the Big 12 this season and coming into this game they have won three of the last four games. The only loss during that stretch was a few games ago against Oklahoma State in overtime. Each of the last seven games, Texas Tech has failed to cover the spread. Texas Tech has lost top recruit Nimari Burnett who has decided to leave the program. In the last game against Kansas State, Texas Tech put up 82 points. Texas Tech is averaging 74.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 57.5 points per game. Guard Mac McClung has been the best player for Texas Tech putting up 15.1 points while shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the three point line.
On the other side of this matchup is the Iowa State Cyclones who have really struggled this season and coming into this game they have lost four of the last five games. Each of the last two games even though Iowa State has lost, they have failed to cover the spread. On the season, Iowa State is averaging 69 points per game while their defense is giving up 72.8 points per game. Iowa State is shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Rasir Bolton has been the best player for Iowa State averaging 14.8 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 25 percent from behind the three point line.
The over is 23-9 in Texas Tech’s last 32 games played on Saturday. The over is 6-2 in Iowa State’s last eight games played on Saturday. The over is 10-4 in Iowa State’s last 14 games against the Big 12.
Texas Tech has failed to cover spreads and they are going to have all kinds of issues getting that job done again in this one. Iowa State is going to keep this game close and I think they can actually pull off the upset. Back Iowa State to cover this spread.