West Virginia Will Try To Hang Close To Texas Tech On Monday

Sunday, February 3, 2019 3:46 PM UTC

Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 3:46 PM UTC

Texas Tech, looking to rebound from a lopsided loss on Saturday, is favored on the NCAA basketball odds board for Monday night’s ESPN clash in Lubbock against West Virginia.

Willie’s NCAAB season picks record: 48-32-3 (+14.35 units)

West Virginia (10-12 SU, 7-14-1 ATS) at Texas Tech (17-5 SU, 7-14-1 ATS)Monday, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN)Free NCAAB Pick: West Virginia ATSBest Line Offered: BetOnline

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Welcome to the final five weeks of college basketball’s regular season, when teams jockey for position in their upcoming conference tournaments. For the West Virginia Mountaineers, it’s simply a case of avoiding the Big 12 basement after entering the campaign ranked in the top 15 of preseason polls. In the case of Texas Tech, it’s an opportunity to prove this season’s strong start, as well as last year’s run into the Elite Eight, were no flukes.

The two sides collide Monday at United Supermarkets Arena in a rematch of their conference opener just one short month ago. Texas Tech took that one in Morgantown, 62-59, West Virginia backers getting 4½ on the NCAAB odds board returning to the pay window. The Red Raiders are even bigger favorites for this one with the total once again in the mid-130s.

Tech Returns Home After Blowout Loss At Kansas

It has been nothing short of a lost season for Bob Huggins and his gang, the lone bright spot being a big upset at home over Kansas a few weeks ago when WVU closed +5 at 5Dimes. It certainly didn’t help losing Sagaba Konate in mid-December, the 6-8 junior initially expected to just miss 2-4 weeks before Huggins eventually announced he wouldn’t be back this season. The Mountaineers are capable of being spoilers, but it’s probably asking too much to expect that in a road game with West Virginia 2-7 straight up and against the spread away from home.

After being embarrassed in Lawrence on Saturday, Texas Tech will be sliding down the polls when they’re released Monday. Kansas led start to finish, running the Red Raiders out of Allen Fieldhouse in the first half. The 79-63 final doesn’t reflect the Jayhawks’ dominance in the game as they went the final four minutes without scoring, missing six tries from 3-point range in that span.

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Four Of Last 6 Encounters Decided By 3 Points Or Less

Texas Tech’s win nearly five weeks ago was just its fourth in 15 clashes with West Virginia as conference opponents, and the Red Raiders have a chance Monday to pull off their first season sweep of the Mountaineers. West Virginia’s trip into Lubbock last season ended with the Mountaineers leaving town with a 66-63 decision to just cover their -2½ line. The Mountaineers have covered the last four meetings, three of the last four falling short of the totals.

Consistent performance is something we shouldn’t expect from either West Virginia or Texas Tech, so I’ll simply grab the points with my NCAA basketball pick in this Jekyll & Hyde matchup.

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