Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-3 SU, 6-6 ATS, 7-5 O/U) at Oklahoma Sooners (6-9 SU, 6-6-1 ATS, 7-6 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 14., Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Ok., 8:30pmET
Texas Tech is coming off a solid home win against Kansas State, 66-65 to improve to 2-2 in the Big 12. They are now 11-0 at home, but just 1-2 on the road. Oklahoma is 0-4 in the Big 12 and has lost seven straight games. They fell at home to Kansas, 81-70.
Evans wins it for Texas Tech
Keenan Evans stole the ball with 20 seconds left and rebounded Niem Stevenson’s miss and put it back with 15 seconds left for the game-winner to put Texas Tech over No. 25 Kansas State, 66-65 on Tuesday from Lubbock. Evans led the Red Raiders with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while Zach Smith added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Red Raiders, who shot 43.5 percent from the field. They found a way to win despite allowing K-State to shoot 50 percent from the field and 10-of-20 from beyond the arc.
The Red Raiders have played pretty well despite having some inconsistency from three transfers. Anthony Livingston (Arkansas State) has stood out, ranking third on team with 11.9 points per game. However, he’s shooting just 3-of-13 in his last two games. Texas Tech is averaging 78.2 points per game and shooting 50.5 percent from the field (39.6% 3pt). They are allowing just 62.9 points per game and 41.5 percent from the field.
Sooners blow another halftime lead
Losing to Kansas at home is not a shocker. Oklahoma was hoping to get a boost from star point guard Jordan Woodard (16.6 points per game), who missed four games due to a leg injury. He came off the bench to give the Sooners a boost, after they took a 36-27 lead at the half. But then the second half stared after a strong Bill Self speech to the Jayhawks, who woke up and outscored OU 54-34 in the second half for the double-digit win. Kansas scored the first 13 points after the break, while the Sooners went 0-for-7 after the half and it was over. Woodard scored seven points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3pt), dished out five assists and grabbed five rebounds in 24 minutes for the Sooners.
A bright spot for the Sooners has been the recent play of freshman guard Kameron McGusty, who is averaging 14.7 points per game in his last three games. He scored 13 against Kansas and 20 last weekend against Kansas State.
College Basketball Trends:
Texas Tech is:
- 5-16-1 ATS last 22 Saturday games.
- 2-6-1 ATS last 9 vs. Big 12.
- 3-7 ATS last 10 after a DD loss at home.
No real positive trends for this one. Have to go with the hotter team and the better one in Texas Tech. Woodard still doesn’t seem to be 100 percent. While the Sooners fought hard for a half against Kansas, that’s about all they have right now.