Monday College Basketball Betting: West Virginia-Texas Tech; Iowa State-Oklahoma

Feb 04, 2019 05:19 PM EST
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The Super Bowl has ended, which means…

College basketball officially takes center stage. And what better to way to kick off this new chunk of college hoops season than with a pair of Big 12 matchups.

Monday night brings us West Virginia traveling to Texas Tech and Iowa State heading to Oklahoma.

Which teams should bettors back to start building their bankroll for March Madness? Let’s find out.


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West Virginia Mountaineers at Texas Tech Red Raiders

  • Spread: Texas Tech -12
  • Over/Under: 137
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN

West Virginia’s offense has been the worst in the Big 12, which has led to a 9-12 ATS mark. The Mountaineers rank 256th in the country in effective field goal percentage, 262nd in 3-point percentage, and 256th in free throw percentage.

Within the conference games, those numbers are worse.

The Mountaineers are last in conference play in 3P% and turnover percentage. They aren’t shooting efficiently and continually give their opponents extra chances to score.

Their defense has been even worse, somehow. In Big 12 play West Virginia is last in defensive efficiency and blocks while ranking second worst in 2P% defense.

Injuries have taken their toll, as juniors Sagaba Konate (13.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg) and James Bolden (12.2 ppg) continue to be out due to injuries.

Outside of its Jan. 16 loss to Iowa State, Texas Tech has been brilliant at home. The Red Raiders allow an average of just 53 points per game at home and have an average margin of victory of 23.2 points.

They rank third in conference play in 2P% and free throw percentage but the Red Raiders strength is always their stifling defense. Texas Tech is third in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, trailing only Michigan and Virginia.

They are third-best in effective field goal percentage allowed and fourth best against the 3-pointer. The Red Raiders also rank 26th in the nation with 4.9 blocks per game.

This will be West Virginia’s third road game in just 10 days, the second time this month the Mountaineers have needed to make that trip. With a young team dealing with major injuries, that is a difficult challenge.

Texas Tech ran into a desperate Kansas team on Saturday and needs this win to stay in contention for the Big 12 regular season title. The Texas Tech defense will make it difficult for West Virginia to score consistently.  The Mountaineers only managed 59 points against Texas Tech at home on Jan. 2, and that was with James Bolden.

Home court advantage, desperation, and Jarrett Culver will power Texas Tech over West Virginia for a comfortable 15-plus point win.

THE PICK:  Texas Tech -12

Betting Odds: Iowa State at Oklahoma

  • Spread: Iowa State -2.5
  • Over/Under: 144
  • Time: 9 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN2

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