Texas Tech Red Raiders at Texas Longhorns – NCAAM January 13

No. 15 Texas Tech (10-3, 3-2) at No. 4 Texas (10-1, 4-0)

Time:  6 PST/8 CST/9 EST
Place: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
TV: ESPN2

The Longhorns post a lengthy lead in the series with an 87-61 advantage:

Texas has dominated the series since the Big 12 began play in 1996-97. Try a 42-12 margin over the Red Raiders as the ‘Horns are up 49-24 in games played in Austin. Texas also has won 19 of the last 27 and 25 of the last 34 games as we head into tonight’s contest. Texas Tech has won five of the last six in the series.

Vs. The Spread:

Texas Tech:

  • The Red Raiders generally are not a pick for cover as they are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in four of Texas Tech’s last six road games
  • The Red Raiders are also 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Big 12 road tilts

Texas:

  • The total has gone over in 4 of the Longhorns’ last 6 games vs. Texas Tech
  • Texas is 18-2 SU in it’s last 20 home games against Texas Tech
  • The total has gone OVER in the Longhorns’ last five Big 12 games
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Texas Tech +2 (-116) +105 O 132 (+100)
Texas -2 (-104) -125 U 132 (-120)

Last Time Out:

Kyler Edwards scored 16 of his game-high 19 points in the first half as the Red Raiders ran past Iowa State, 91-64, on Saturday. Mac McClung added 19 for Tech as he made 8-of-10 field goals while Kevin McCuller had 15 points and 11 boards. The Red Raiders had two 12-0 runs in the first half as the built a 54-28 lead with a little over a minute before halftime.

Three years to the day that Texas coach Shaka Smart told his players that Andrew Jones had been diagnosed with leukemia, the junior guard knocked down a three with 1.8 seconds remaining to give Texas a 72-70 win at West Virginia on Saturday. Courtney Ramey led five Longhorns in double figures with 19 points while freshman Greg Brown had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Red Raiders’ Clipboard:

Texas Tech Red Raiders LogoThis is a really interesting matchup for Ramey, Jones, and Matt Coleman in the back court as Texas Tech forces 18.6 turnovers per game. The Longhorns have only 21 turnovers in their last two games where they came through a rough stretch where they averaged 15.3 over a three-game period. Terrance Shannon, Jr., leads the Red Raiders with 16 steals as the team picks up 7.6 thefts per game. Offensively, McClung (15.3 ppg, 2.9 apg) leads the Red Raiders in double figures. He is lethal off the dribble and can score in waves. He doesn’t have to score to be effective as he is potentially the top passer on the team. Terrance Shannon, Jr. and Kyler Edwards are also dynamic guards as Edwards leads the Red Raiders with 24 three-pointers.

Please Note:
Marcus Santos-Silva (8.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg) will be a major key against the rebounding prowess of Texas’ Jericho Sims, Greg Brown, and Kai Jones. Texas averages 40.7 rebounds per game and Santos-Silva’s 6-7, 245-pound frame will be need along with Kevin McCullar who just returned from injury.

Longhorns Clipboard:

Texas Longhorns LogoWhen Texas stokes up it’s transition game, potentially no one can win a track meet with the Longhorns’ speed and ability to convert baskets in transition. Ramey (13.8 ppg, 3.2 apg) and Coleman (13.6 ppg, 4.3 apg)  are the top two scorers, but Greg Brown (12 ppg, 7.9 rpg) may be the toughest matchup on the team with his size and ability to go inside-out. Texas Tech has an average possession length of 19.2 seconds in Big 12 games, so it is really important for Chris Beard’s team to keep close to that number. 

Please Note:
Forward Greg Brown averages a double-double in Big 12 play (14.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg) over his first four Big 12 outings. Brown recorded his fourth double-double of the season with his 12 points and 14 boards on Saturday at West Virginia.

Winner: Texas (-2) 72, Texas Tech 69
O/U: Take OVER 132

The Bets
Texas -2
-104
OVER 132
+100
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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