Texas Tech Red Raiders at West Virginia Mountaineers – NCAAM January 25

No. 12 Texas Tech (11-4, 4-3) at No. 14 West Virginia (10-4, 3-3)

Time: 6 PST – 8 CST – 9 EST
Place: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, West Va.
TV: ESPN

The Series:

West Virginia has a 14-6 lead in the series as the Mountaineers have won 11 out of the last 16 meetings. The two teams split last season with the Mountaineers taking a 66-54 win in Morgantown while the Red Raiders won, 89-61, in Lubbock.

Texas Tech and West Virginia are tied for third place in the Big 12 with Oklahoma as both teams have three losses and are two games back of Texas and three back of undefeated Baylor. The Red Raiders have won three out of their last five while WVU is 3-3 over it’s last six games.

COVID-19 postponements: The Red Raiders return to action after the postponement of matchups against TCU and Iowa State due to COVID-19.

Much of the same for the Mountaineers as they returned to action Saturday for the first time in two weeks as they had a road game with Baylor and home games with TCU and Oklahoma State postponed which accounted for about two weeks of a pause.

Vs. The Spread:

Texas Tech:

  • The Red Raiders are only 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech’s last 6 games
  • Texas Tech is 2-6 ATS in it’s last 8 games vs. the Mountaineers

West Virginia:

  • The OVER has been the play in 4 of West Virginia’s last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 6 Red Raiders matchups with the Mountaineers
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of WVU’s last 5 games vs. Big 12 opposition 

Last Time Out:

Baylor snapped Texas Tech’s three-game winning streak on Jan. 16 as the Bears took a 68-60 win despite 24 points from Mac McClung. The Bears’ defense held TTU to 35.5 percent from the floor and forced 20 turnovers.

Miles McBride scored 18 points and Jalen Bridges and Taz Sherman scored 12 and 10 as the Mountaineers took down Kansas State, 68-47, on Saturday. The Mountaineers scored 26 points off 28 Wildcats’  turnovers.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Texas Tech +2½ (-105) O 137½ (-115)
West Virginia -2½ (-115) U 137½ (-105)

Red Raiders Stat Pack:

  • Mac McClung leads the Big 12 with 19.7 ppg. in conference play as he is also getting to the line 6.7 times per game and is making 81.1 percent of his free throws.
  • Texas Tech is 3-0 on the road – all Big 12 wins – and a victory against the Mountaineers would all the Red Raiders to start 4-0 on the road for the first time ever
  • The Red Raiders average 12.9 assists per game, but have had a tough time with the helpers in their last two games. They only dished out five at Baylor and seven on 25 baskets at Texas.

Red Raiders Grease Board:

Texas Tech Red Raiders LogoBoth Texas Tech and West Virginia have trouble scoring the ball consistently, so the game plan on how to get Mac McClung the ball in position to penetrate will be a key initiative for coach Chris Beard. McClung (16.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg) shoots 43.3 percent from the floor and has 81 free throws attempts which is 21.2 percent of the Red Raiders’ tosses. Terrence Shannon, Jr., (12.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg) gets to the line as well out of that guard spot and gives the Red Raiders an extra rebounder. The Red Raiders get about 11.5 rebounds per night and will need that type of aggression against Derek Culver from Marcus Santos-Silva and Kyler Edwards.

Mountaineers Stat Pack:

  • Derek Culver had a tough afternoon in the win over Kansas State as he went 2-of-8 from the floor with four points while fouling out.
  • Miles McBride picks up where he left off two weeks ago as he had 18 vs. K-State. McBride has averaged 17 points and four assists per game over the last three games.
  • The Mountaineers only post 16.8 turnovers per 100 possessions which translates to only 11.8 per game as they have a (+3.3) turnover margin.

Mountaineers Grease Board:

West Virginia Mountaineers LogoBob Huggins wants to see Derek Culver (13.4 ppg, 10.0 rpg) get back to normal, so it might be an initiative to get him the ball on the boxes against Santos-Silva early in the game. WVU makes only 44.1 percent (301st/NCAA) of it’s two-point shots as it hasn’t established the mid-range yet and with the covid break it might be a bigger problem. Leading scorer Miles McBride (15.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, 45.1% – 3) and Taz Sherman (38.7% -3) provide a must-watch matchup with McClung and Edwards as they are the top two WVU three-point shooters.

Winner: West Virginia (-2½) 76, Texas Tech 71
O/U: Take OVER 137½

The Bets
West Virginia -2½
-115
OVER 137½
-105
Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.