The 15th-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will look to upset their second straight top 5 team when they play host to the second-ranked Baylor Bears on Saturday. Just one game after upsetting a nationally-ranked Big 12 rival with legitimate national championship hopes, Texas Tech will look to hand unbeaten Baylor its first loss of the season. Now, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their College Basketball odds in this Baylor Vs Texas Tech affair.
College Basketball Predictions- No. 2 Baylor at No. 15 Texas Tech
Baylor Bears (11-0) Vs Texas Tech Raiders (11-3) Games Info
- When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2021 at 4:00 PM ET
- Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
- TV: ESPN
- NCAAB Odds: TBD
Why Bet On No. 2 Baylor
Baylor has been off the court since smacking TCU senseless on Jan. 9. The unbeaten Bears cruised to an emphatic 67-49 road win over the Horned Frogs as junior guard Jared Butler scored a game-high 28 points while MaCio Teague added 12 points and Davion Mitchell, 10 points.
Down by one at the break, Baylor dominated in the second half while limiting TCU to just 21 points. The Bears harassed the Horned Frogs into a pitiful 33.0 percent shooting night (15-for-45) to move to 11-0 on the season. Butler ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring (16.4 ppg) while Teague is sixth at 15.6 points per contest.
Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring and ranks fifth nationally in points per game (89.0 ppg). The Bears rank an impressive 13th in field goal shooting percentage and a stupendous third nationally in three-point shooting (42.8 ppg).
Defensively, Baylor ranks 20th nationally in points allowed (61.2 ppg) while limiting the opposition to 40.9 percent shooting from the field and 30.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Bears have gone 3-0 on the road this season.
Why Bet On No. 15 Texas Tech
Texas Tech has won three straight and five of its last six games including a thrilling 79-77 road win over fourth-ranked Texas on Wednesday night. Junior guard Mac McClung scored a team-high 22 points and drained a game-winning jumper with three seconds remaining to lift the Red Raiders to victory.
Now, Texas Tech will look to upset No. 2 Baylor on Saturday while looking at the long-term big picture.
“Our guys are really happy, but this is an 80-minute week for us,” Red Raiders coach Chris Beard said shortly afterward. “We didn’t set this team up to win a game in Austin. We set this team up to be part of the fight in March. Baylor will be a great challenge, but our guys will be up to it.”
Texas Tech averages 75.8 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders are ranked first in the Big 12 and 10th nationally in fewest points allowed by limiting their opponents to just 59.4 points per contest. The sweet-shooting McClung is averaging 19.3 points per game over Texas Tech’s last four. The Red Raiders have gone 8-3 at home this season.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Texas Tech might have picked up a huge, upset win over No. 4 Texas, but I saw that game and really, it was Texas that collapsed late as opposed to Texas Tech actually taking the win away from the Longhorns. With that said, I see no way Baylor folds or manages to lose against a Red Raiders team they are far superior to at the offensive end of the floor.
While Texas Tech allows almost two fewer points per game defensively than Baylor, the Bears average a whopping 13.2 points per game more than Texas Tech. Baylor has won two straight and four of the last five meeting in this rivalry including a thrilling 71-68 overtime win at home the last time they met in March.
Baylor is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games and 11-2 SU in its last 13 road games. Texas Tech has gone an uninspiring 2-7 ATS in its last nine games and a winless 0-5 ATS in its last five home games. Baylor wins by double digits!
Pick: Baylor 85 Texas Tech 71
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