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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 3:25 PM GMT

Whichever team claims victory in the nightcap between No. 7 Texas Tech vs. No. 10 Texas will earn their first conference victory away from home all season. Which team will prevail?

  Texas Longhorns vs Texas Tech Red Raiders

 

Neither Texas nor Texas Tech won a road game in Big 12 play this season, going 0-18 combined. The Longhorns are more athletic but young with head coach Shaka Smart starting four underclassmen. The Red Raiders are more experienced and witnessed two players pick up All-Big 12 Honors for the season this week: junior guard Keenan Evans was selected to the third team, while Zach Smith garnered honorable mention. Expect the more seasoned team to prevail here.

The Red Raiders used solid team defense to stifle Texas in two prior matchups. Although they split the regular-season series 1-1 SU and ATS, the Longhorns were held to 62 and 57 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Texas Tech is one of the slowest teams in the country, owning a 327 tempo rating on Kenpom. Controlling the tempo will limit the poor shooting Longhorns.

The combined scores in each game were 120 and 124, staying south of 133 and 132 game totals. Texas shot an abysmal 48.3 percent from the free throw line for both meetings, and managed a 65.2 rate for the season, 316th nationally. This will hurt you most in win-or-go-home scenarios like on Wednesday. Look for the Red Raiders to cover the spread late for your college basketball picks, advancing to take on West Virginia in the Quarterfinals.

 

Free NCAAB Picks: Texas Tech Red Raiders -4.5Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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