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The Wildcats have found their footing as of late and there is no coincidence that their recent four-game winning streak has coincided with the return for senior forward Dean Wade. Initially pegged to be out as many as eight weeks, Wade returned from a partial tear of a tendon in his right foot after missing just six games and has returned to form over his past two contests, averaging 18 points and 3.5 assists per game during that span, which held him earn Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Can Kansas State continue to stay on a roll versus a tough Texas Tech defense?
Red Raiders lose second straight Big 12 game
Texas Tech squandered an early 13-point first half lead and lost on the road to Baylor 73-62. Jarrett Culver scored a team-high 19 points, while Brandone Francis added 14 for the Red Raiders, who turned the ball over 17 times on the night in the loss.
Jarrett Culver a step behind the NBA line pic.twitter.com/8o52F7Kf0g
— Max Carlin (@mcarlinwustl) December 21, 2018
Chris Beard’s squad has slid to No. 10 in the latest KenPom rankings after losing each of their last two conference games. The Red Raiders are scoring just 106.8 points per 100 possessions for the season (112th in the NCAA) and 95.2 points per 100 possessions (10th in the Big 12) during league play. Texas Tech has done most of their damage in conference play either inside the arc or at the free throw line, where they sport the top free throw rate in the conference at 40.5 percent. The Red Raiders have gotten 23.6 percent of their total points in conference play from the free throw line (1st in the Big 12) and they are shooting a healthy 74.0 percent from the charity stripe as a team during league play (3rd in the Big 12). However, Texas Tech has struggled to remain efficient on the offensive end. They are shooting a healthy 50.5 percent from two-point range (3rd in the Big 12) and just 29.6 percent from downtown (8th in the Big 12) in conference play. The Red Raiders have also turned the ball over on 20.0 percent of their offensive possessions through their first six league games (7th in the Big 12).
Texas Tech has been able to survive by limiting teams to only 84.3 points per 100 possessions for the season (1st in the NCAA) and 93.5 points per 100 possessions (1st in the Big 12) during conference play. The Red Raiders have held Big 12 opponents to an effective field goal percentage of only 44.8 percent (1st in the Big 12), while forcing them to turn the ball over 21.3 percent of the time (2nd in the Big 12).
Wade helping take Wildcats to the next level
Kansas State extended their current win streak to four games on Saturday with an impressive 65-55 victory at home versus TCU. Xavier Sneed scored a team-high 19 points, while Dean Wade added 16 points and handed out six assists on the night to help the Wildcats overcame a 3 for 15 shooting performance from downtown.
This is some pretty sick anticipation from Dean Wade pic.twitter.com/aXAddXwqsj
— Jackson Hoy (@JHoyNBA) September 11, 2018
Bruce Weber’s squad comes into Tuesday’s matchup ranked No. 41 in the latest KenPom rankings after surviving a tough stretch without one of their best players. Kansas State is scoring 104.0 points per 100 possessions for the season (178th in the NCAA) and that number has dipped all the way to 99.2 points per 100 possessions (7th in the Big 12) during conference play. The Wildcats are also playing at one of the slowest paces in the entire country, averaging 64.9 possessions per game for the season (326th in the NCAA) and just 62.5 possessions per game in league play (9th in the Big 12). The Wildcats get their shots up an average of 18.2 seconds on the offensive end (268th in the NCAA), but their slow pace has helped them take care of the basketball at a high level. Kansas State is only turning the ball over on 16.0 percent of their offensive possessions during Big 12 play (2nd in the Big 12) and Wildcats sport an effective field goal percentage of only 46.8 percent through their first six conference games (7th in the Big 12). They have shot just 46.3 percent from inside the arc (8th in the Big 12), 31.7 percent from 3-point range (7th in the Big 12) and 67.6 percent from the charity stripe as a team (7th in the Big 12) during league play so far this year.
While their offensive numbers haven’t been pretty, the Wildcats have managed to stay in games by becoming one of the best defensive teams in the country. Kansas State has surrendered just 88.7 points per 100 possessions for the season (5th in the NCAA) and 99.2 points per 100 possessions during Big 12 play (3rd in the Big 12). They have forced their opponents to turn the ball over on a whopping 24.5 percent of their defensive possessions for the season (1st in the Big 12), which has helped them get out to a 4-2 record in league play despite playing their first three games without Wade in the lineup.
- Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12.
- Wildcats are 28-11-3 ATS in their last 42 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Wildcats are 35-17-3 ATS in their last 55 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Red Raiders are 5-16-2 ATS in their last 23 vs. Big 12.
- Red Raiders are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss.
- Red Raiders are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Texas Tech has covered the spread in just three of their last 10 trips to Texas Tech heading into this matchup. The Red Raiders rank as the best defensive team in the Big 12, but they’ve struggled on the offensive end, especially over their past two contests. Texas Tech has not scored more than 68 points in any of their conference games this season. Kansas State seems re-energized by the return of Dean Wade, who opens up a lot of things offensively for the Wildcats. The Wildcats are also more disciplined with the basketball, which has me leaning towards Kansas State covering the spread at home on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Pick: Kansas State Wildcats -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams have stayed under the projected total in 12 of their last 15 meetings and six of their last seven games at Texas Tech. The Wildcats have stayed under the projected total in 34 of their last 51 home games and eight of their last 11 overall. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders have stayed under in 12 of their last 15 versus a team with a winning record and seven of their last 10 after failing to cover the spread in their previous contest. This game features a battle between two of the top-5 defensive teams in the country, so take the under with confidence in this game on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Under 119