Texas vs Texas Tech – 3/4/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Predictions
Texas Longhorns vs Texas Tech Red Raiders College Basketball Monday Mar 4, 2019 (10:00pm est) Current Odds: Texas Tech -8, Total Points 131.5
Texas Longhorns Betting Trends:
Texas is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas’s last 5 games
Texas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Texas is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech
Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Trends:
Texas Tech is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas Tech’s last 5 games
Texas Tech is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas Tech’s last 5 games at home
No. 11 Texas Tech seeks its first regular season sweep of Texas since the 1995-96 season when the Red Raiders host the enigmatic Longhorns on Monday night in Lubbock, Texas.
It’s the final home game for Texas Tech (24-5, 12-4 Big 12), which snapped a 22-game losing streak to the Longhorns in Austin with a 68-62 win in the first meeting on Jan. 12.
Coming off a rousing 81-66 victory at TCU on Saturday, the Red Raiders are tied with No. 16 Kansas State for first place in the conference standings with two games to play.
Five players scored in double figures against the Horned Frogs, as Davide Moretti and Jarrett Culver hit for 15 points apiece, Deshawn Corprew and Tariq Owens tallied 12 each and Matt Mooney had 11. Owens added 13 rebounds.
“This game was the biggest game that we’ve ever played or coached in,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said, adhering to the one-game-at-a-time party line. “That’s how we approach each game. I’d hate to go into any game thinking the other guy wanted it more than us. Our guys were ready to play today.”
The Red Raiders established a pair of program records by winning their 12th conference game of the season and extending a seven-game conference winning streak. Texas Tech finished with a season-high 22 assists and now has six games this season with 20 or more assists.
“We were sharing the ball, we were pressing and we finished with 22 assists,” Moretti told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. “JC (Jarrett Culver) made some high-level passes, and we were hitting shots.”
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Texas (16-13, 8-8) travels to the South Plains on the heels of a solid 86-69 home victory over Iowa State on Saturday that allowed the Longhorns to snap a two-game losing streak.
Texas rebounded from a heartbreaking overtime defeat at Baylor on Wednesday in which the Longhorns wasted a 19-point second-half lead.
“Our guys played really, really well at Baylor except for about three or four minutes and that cost us the game,” Longhorns coach Shaka Smart said after Saturday’s win. “You’re darn right they remember that, and they learned from that. It doesn’t guarantee that it doesn’t happen again — you’ve got to make it not happen again. We did a better job today.”
Jase Febres poured in a career-high 26 points while making a career-best eight 3-pointers for the Longhorns. Courtney Ramey added 18 points, with Elijah Mitrou-Long and Dylan Osetkowski hitting for 13 each. Matt Coleman dished out a game-high 10 assists.
“We just stayed in attack mode,” Ramey said. “When (Iowa State) was on their run were didn’t think about it, we just focused on us and made a run of our own. Then we just focused on defense and were thinking about getting stops, getting stops, getting stops.”
Texas won despite playing its third straight game without leading scorer Kerwin Roach II, a senior guard who is suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Today’s Free Pick: Over 131 -120