West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders – NCAAM February 9

No. 14 West Virginia (13-5, 6-3) at No. 7 Texas Tech (14-5, 6-4)

  • Time: 6PM PST | 8PM CST | 9PM EST
  • Location: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
  • TV: ESPN

Opening Tip

This is the rematch of one of the best games of the season when West Virginia edged Texas Tech, 88-87, on Jan. 25 on a Miles McBride jumper with 5.9 seconds remaining. The Red Raiders have won the last four meetings in Lubbock as WVU won the first four meetings of the series on Texas Tech’s home floor.

Both teams are generally playing for second place as Baylor leads the Big 12 at 9-0. WVU sits alone in second place with three losses while the Red Raiders, Oklahoma and Texas have four league losses each.

WVU has won four out of five since having three games cancelled due to covid protocols while the Red Raiders have won three out of four since a two games were cancelled due to covid protocols.

Tech guard Mac McClung is second in the Big 12 in scoring (17.2 ppg) while Mountaineers guard Miles McBride is fifth (15.9 ppg). West Virginia’s Derek Culver leads the Big 12 in rebounding at 10.2 boards per game while McBride is fourth in the league at (4.6 apg).

Vs. The Spread

West Virginia:

  • The total has gone OVER in 7 out of the last 8 Mountaineers games
  • WVU is 7-2 ATS in 9 games against Texas Tech
  • The OVER has been the play in 6 of WVU’s last seven road outings

Texas Tech:

  • The Red Raiders check in at 1-4 ATs in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 7 out of Texas Tech’s last 10 games
  • TT is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 home games

Last Time Out

Miles McBride scored 29 points and Taz Sherman netted 25 as West Virginia ran by Kansas, 91-79, on Saturday. Derek Culver was 8-of-12 from he floor with 19 points and nine boards as the Mountaineers shot 50 percent from the floor while making 11-of-21 threes.

Texas Tech defeated Kansas State, 73-62, begins 23 points from Mac McClung. The Red Raiders shot 47.1 percent from the floor and made 10-0f-20 triples as a 15-3 run midway through the second half was the difference.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
West Virginia +5.5 (-105) +205 O 141 (-105)
Texas Tech -5.5 (-115) -245 U 141 (-115)

Advantage, West Virginia

West Virginia’s three-point game has carried it at times as it’s 45.7 percentage (290th/NCAA) from the field is problematic despite Derek Culver’s presence on the interior. The Mountaineers crank the long ball up at 36.9 percent on the season as Sean McNeil leads with 35 makes while McBride makes 44.1 percent and Taz Sherman hits 40.9 percent. The Red Raiders allow opponents to shoot at a 34.5 percent clip from three as WVU’s 12-of-19 was the best an opponent has performed from behind the arc (63.2%).

Key Mountaineers Stat:

Coach Bob Huggins knows that controlling the glass will be a key in this game as West Virginia will have to control the physicality of Marcus Santos-Silva (6.5 rpg, 57 ORs) and the athleticism on the glass of freshman Micah Peavy on the offensive glass as he is second to Silva with 34. Kevin McCullar leads TT, overall, with 7.1 per outing. WVU is at (-0.4) on the glass and aside from Culver’s 10.1 per game, Gabe Osabuohien is second with 4.6.

X-Factor:

Taz Sherman has stepped up big time in becoming WVU’s third scorer as he averages 13.1 points per game which is 7.8 more than last season. Sherman is 18-of-35 from the field with six threes in his last three games and he has also gone to the line 16 times, making 13.

Advantage, Texas Tech

Mac McClung torched the Mountaineers with a career-high of 30 points in Morgantown as he joins Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham and Baylor’s Jared Butler for Big 12 Player of the Year honors. McClung is doing as much damage in getting to the line where he shoots 81.3 percent as he is in any other parts of the game. He struggled big time against Oklahoma two games ago, but will once again benefit in an open floor game with the Mountaineers. WVU has to keep him out of transition and out of any spot-ups off of defensive scrambles.

Key Red Raiders Stat:

Texas Tech’s opponents shoot 40.7 percent in Big 12 play. Finding McBride and Sherman on the perimeter and staying with them inside of the defense will be major in allowing TT to win this game. The Red Raiders’ opponents have made 24-of-60 in the last three games, which is still at 40 percent but it fell dramatically off the 34-of-68 in those three games prior.

X-Factor:

Kyler Edwards had 13 points, eight boards and three assists in the win over K-State. As he leads Tech in three-point percentage (38.5%) while dishing 47 assists vs. 22 turnovers, his presence and decision making as a facilitator in tight spots could be the difference for coach Chris Beard.

Winner: Texas Tech 77 West Virginia (+5.5) 73
Over-Under: Take OVER 141

The Bets
West Virginia Mountaineers +5.5
-105
OVER 141
-115
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