The red-hot Texas Tech Red Raiders have made a habit recently out of beating nationally-ranked teams en route to what suddenly looks like a solid seed come March Madness tourney time. After knocking off No. 17 Iowa State, No. 19 Baylor and No. 3 Oklahoma en route to five straight victories, the Red Raiders will look to do the same to the streaking No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks when the two Big 12 national title hopefuls square off at Allen Fieldhouse. Now, let’s find out which of these two programs will come out on top in this NCAA basketball wagering bout.
How To Bet The Texas Tech Red Raiders at Kansas Jayhawks NCAAB Odds & TV Info
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
When: Saturday, February 27, 12:00 PM ET
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why Bet The Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders are on fire, having won five straight games and took out TCU 83-79 on Tuesday as junior forward Aaron Ross scored a career-best 25 points to lead Texas Tech to victory. “I’m really proud of how our kids competed tonight,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “We didn’t have our best game, but a lot of it had to with TCU coming in ready to play. . We regrouped. And, in this league, nothing’s easy and you have to come ready to play every night.”
Sophomore forward Zach Smith added career-high 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Red Raiders while senior guard Toddrick Gotcher made four three-pointers en route to 16 points as Texas Tech improved to 13-3 at home and take another step toward the national championship tournament after not having participated since 2007.
Texas Tech averages 73.2 points per game while limiting the opposition to 69.3 points per contest defensively.
Why Bet The Kansas Jayhawks
The second-ranked Jayhawks have won and covered the spread in eight straight games including their hard-fought 66-60 win over No. 19 Baylor on Tuesday. Guard Frank Mason scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Jayhawks while forward Perry Ellis added 15 points and guard Devonte’ Graham, 11 points and seven assists. “It was tough,” Kansas forward Landen Lucas said. “The good thing is even when the offense isn’t coming, the one thing we can do is create extra possessions and play well defensively. I think we did that toward the end of the game.”
Kansas averages a stellar 82.1 points per game while limiting their opponents to just 68.3 points per game defensively.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Kansas has won each of the last 10 meetings in this series, but I think this contest is going to literally come down to the final possession or two before the Jayhawks eke out the narrow win. The Jayhawks have been a favorite of at least 14 points in each of their last five home dates against the Red Raiders, but I’m expecting Kansas to be favored by about eight points this time around and that is a figure that I believe the Red Raiders will cover with room to spare.
The Red Raiders have two very good players in Aaron Ross and Zach Smith that could give the Jayhawks some problems and they have one of the best coaches in all of college basketball in my estimation in the title-winning Tubby Smith.
My final score prediction: Kansas 77 Texas Tech 75