When and where: January 25, 2020, United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX, 6:00 PM ET
The No. 15-ranked Kentucky Wildcats head on the road for a clash with the No. 18-ranked Texas Tech Raiders in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday. Texas Tech will do their best to avoid a second consecutive loss after falling at the hands of TCU on the road. That loss came after they earned back-to-back wins over Kansas State and Iowa State. Meanwhile, the Wildcats have surged back on the winning track with two straight wins over Arkansas and Georgia.
Kentucky loses a five-star prospectWith a pivotal showdown against Texas Tech looming on Saturday, Kentucky learned freshman Kahlil Whitney is leaving the program on Friday. The five-star recruit struggled to make a splash with the team, despite having ample opportunities as a starter. However, his role steadily diminished in a year when he was averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.4 assists.
The Wildcats don’t have time to look in the rearview with a road trip to Texas Tech coming up on the schedule. After knocking off Arkansas and Georgia, they’ll look to earn a third straight win when taking on the 12th-ranked defensive team in the country.
Kentucky is averaging 46.4 percent shooting from the floor. They’ll need a heavy dose of offense to put some pressure on a Red Raiders team that may not be ready for a shootout. Nick Richards and Ashton Hagans will be called upon once again to step up in enemy territory. Texas Tech is 9-1 on their home floor this season.
Red Raiders looking to make some noiseThe Red Raiders are moving up the NCAA ladder. They’re also hoping to bury a tough road loss to TCU on Tuesday night that erased a two-game winning streak. The Horned Frogs did everything to lose the game, but the Red Raiders couldn’t muster the offensive firepower to compete.
Not even 17 turnovers and an abhorrent 52.4 free throw shooting percentage was enough to keep TCU from rolling to a 65-54 victory.
How will Texas Tech respond when Kentucky comes to town on Saturday?
Someone other than freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey needs to get buckets. It was downright brutal watching the young guard muster a team-high 15 points, despite going 1-of-6 shooting from 3-pointer. There wasn’t enough help to go around on offense for a team averaging a 44.3 field goal shooting percentage. They won’t get any breaks when stepping onto the floor against Kentucky’s 35th-ranked defense.
The Wildcats are a devastating two-way team capable of hurting the Red Raiders in so many different ways. They are also averaging 80.0 points in their last three outings. Texas Tech will need to show much more than simply defense to survive this game.
The supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Wildcats are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Wildcats are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- Red Raiders are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Red Raiders are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up loss.
- Red Raiders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Red Raiders are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning straight up record.