Texas Tech at West Virginia -11.5 O/U 143
Texas Tech and West Virginia hook up for the second time after the Red Raiders won in Lubbock, 77-76 in overtime. Worth noting that even with the extra frame, TTU turned the ball over only 14 times and the game featured a relatively slow 70 possessions. Speaking of overtime, Huggy's bunch limps into this one after melting down in Lawrence. The Mountaineers were up 15 with three minutes to go and found a way to lose. Rather than focus on the three minutes of bad basketball, I came away impressed as WVU completely outplayed Kansas for nearly the entire game -- and did so too from start to finish in the first meeting. This is a good squad and one that is poised to come with a big effort today. Texas Tech has shown a very strong home/road dichotomy when it comes to scoring and pace. In six league road games, the Red Raiders are averaging only 63.1 ppg. Four of those six went under the total. And Tech's last three road games averaged only 123 points. First-year head coach Chris Beard is noted for playing it tight and controlling tempo. Also note that the Red Raiders are second in the Big XII in turnover rate -- a bunch of upperclassmen who have faced "Press Virginia" multiple times. West Virginia games that go over generally feature a lot of turnovers, fouls, and free throws. I think we'll see a more controlled environment today. Play it under.