Texas Tech-Northern Kentucky Betting Odds: Opening Spread, Analysis for 2019 NCAA Tournament

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Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Tariq Owens (11) center Norense Odiase (32) and guard Jarrett Culver (23).

#3 Texas Tech vs. #14 Northern Kentucky NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Texas Tech -14
  • Over/Under: 137.5
  • Date: Friday, March 22
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Tulsa, Okla.
  • TV: TNT

Texas Tech’s Statistical Profile

Texas Tech finished the season as the best in the country defensively per KenPom’s Adjusted Defensive Efficiency metric and slowed the pace on offense, ranking just 226 of 353 teams in terms of Adjust Tempo.

However, none of that worked in their favor as the Red Raiders — who closed as 12.5-point favorites — lost to West Virginia, 79-74, in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

With plenty of time to reflect on that loss while preparing for the NCAA Tournament, it’ll be interesting to see whether Chris Beard can make the necessary adjustments to get his team ready for deep tourney run. — PJ Walsh

  • Record: 26-6
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 9
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 35
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 1
  • Tempo Rank: 226

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

Northern Kentucky’s Statistical Profile

Northern Kentucky (26-8, 13-5 in conference play) enters the Big Dance riding high, having just upset top seed Wright State 77-66 in the Horizon League Championship game. This marks the second time in three years that the Norse are going dancing.

This year, their expectations will be even higher than year’s past. Instead of being a cinderella story, they’re looking to do some real damage. NKU will rely on its high powered offense throughout the tournament (NKU averaged 79.1 points per game, 41st in the country and their offensive efficiency ranks 75th according to Ken Pom).

The Norse feature four different players who averaged at least 10 PPG, led by star senior forward and Horizon Tournament MVP Drew McDonald (19.1 PPG, 9.5 RPG). NKU had a great yet, but not for bettors. They went just 10-17 against the spread, losing -7.75 units. — Josh Appelbaum

  • Record: 26-8
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 103
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 75
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 144
  • Tempo Rank: 146

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

Sean Koerner’s Texas Tech-Northern Kentucky Projections

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