The 20th ranked Baylor Bears are hoping to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the 2014-2015 college hoops betting season Tuesday night when they visit the last-place and 9 point home underdog Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The Bears have won five of their last six against the Red Raiders, but fell 82-72 as the nation’s 12th-ranked team on Jan. 15, 2014.
"We’ve had great leadership from Kenny and Royce all season long and would expect that to continue," Coach Scott Drew said. "Obviously when you lose a couple of games, the team’s never as excited or you don’t have that positive momentum as you do if you’ve won two games but that’s life in the Big 12 and you gotta be a tough team to be a good team and I believe in our guys and I believe in our toughness."
Analyzing My Baylor at Texas Tech Against The Spread Free Pick
Matchup: (20) Baylor Bears at Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Stadium: United Supermarkets Arena
TV Info: ESPN 2
Radio: Baylor Vs Texas Tech
Point Spread: Baylor -9
Baylor Will Cover the Spread If
The Bears can shoot at a higher percentage than they did in the last game between these two.
In the last game between these two, Baylor barely covered the spread. The Bears were -8.5 point home favorites. They beat Texas Tech 59 to 49. One of the issues that Baylor had is that even though they took plenty of shots, they couldn’t drain many of them.
— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) February 16, 2015
The Bears took 53 shots from the field versus Texas Tech in the last matchup. They only made 16 of those shots for 30.2%. It was a terrible showing from the home team. When it came to the three-point line, the Bears were even worse. Out of the 31 shots that they took from behind the arc, Baylor hit only 7 for 22.6%. It was a disaster for the Bears in almost every way imaginable. If they hope to cover the spread again as a road favorite versus Texas Tech, they’re going to have to find a way to make more shots.
Texas Tech Will Cover the Spread If
Texas Tech can hold down Baylor’s offensive rebounds.
Based on the stats in the last game, Baylor probably should have blown out the Red Raiders. Yes, Texas Tech shot very well from the field when making 20 of 42 shots, that’s 47.6%. But, Texas Tech was terrible from the three-point line. They only shot 18.2%, 2 out of 11, from behind the arc.
— Texas Tech Athletics (@TechAthletics) February 16, 2015
More importantly, the Red Raiders gave up way too many second chance points to Baylor. The Bears out rebounded Texas Tech 36 to 23, but it was on the offensive glass where the Bears thrived. Baylor grabbed 18 offensive rebounds to Texas Tech’s 8. That’s 10 more second chances than the Red Raiders were able to secure in the game. Baylor could have blown the Red Raiders out of the building and they would have if they hadn’t shot so poorly from the field.
For Texas Tech to have any hope of covering the spread, they’re going to have to hit the glass on the defensive end and keep Baylor from getting offensive boards.