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NCAAB Picks: West Virginia the Choice as it Takes On Texas Tech

The Pac-12 season is winding down, and Texas Tech (19-9, 8-7) will face West Virginia (9-19, 4-11) on Saturday in Morgantown. This game should be easy for college basketball predictions, given that West Virginia is at the bottom of the conference, but Texas Tech has not played well recently.

Both programs are on two-game losing streaks. The Red Raiders just lost to instate rival Texas, 81-69, while the Mountaineers went into overtime, still losing 94-90, to Kansas State.

NCAAB Picks: West Virginia the Choice as it Takes On Texas Tech
NCAAB Picks: West Virginia the Choice as it Takes On Texas Tech

 

Texas Tech vs West Virginia Game Information

  1. Game: Texas Tech (19-9) vs West Virginia (9-19)
  2. Location: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
  3. Day/Time: Saturday, March 2, 6:00 p.m. ET,
  4. Texas Tech vs West Virginia Live Stream: TBS.com

Both teams losing their last two games could impact NCAAB lines. Texas Tech is much higher in the standings than West Virginia, but the recent losses make this game seem like it could be closer than expected.

 

Texas Tech vs West Virginia Odds and Spreads


  1. Texas Tech has hit the 1H Game Total Over in 10 of their last 11 away games (+8.90 Units / 72% ROI)
  2. West Virginia has hit the Team Total Under in 19 of their last 32 games (+3.90 Units / 11% ROI)
  3. Texas Tech has hit the Game Total Over in 19 of their last 30 games (+6.90 Units / 21% ROI)
  4. West Virginia has hit the 1H Game Total Over in 11 of their last 20 games at home (+3.05 Units / 13% ROI)
  5. Texas Tech has hit the Moneyline in 17 of their last 28 games (+5.00 Units / 3% ROI)
  6. West Virginia have covered the 1H Spread in 12 of their last 20 games at home (+2.85 Units / 12% ROI)
  7. Texas Tech has hit the Team Total Over in 8 of their last 11 away games (+4.45 Units / 34% ROI)
  8. West Virginia has hit the Game Total Over in 11 of their last 20 games at home (+2.20 Units / 10% ROI)

Texas Tech vs West Virginia Pick ATS: West Virginia +2 (-110)the

West Virginia has not been great. That has made the Mountaineers tough to back in college basketball spreads, but this could be a game they make covering an option. While they did not beat Kansas State, the Mountaineers did make it close enough to go into overtime, overcoming losing the first half, 48-26.

Big games from Raequan Battle and Kerr Kriisa, who combined for 53 points, were a big reason West Virginia came back in the second half to force overtime. Both players should be hot, returning to their home court after doing that on the road against Kansas State.

That close loss to Kansas State was also the third straight game that West Virginia covered, the last two being on the road. The last time the Mountaineers were home, they beat UCF, 77-67.

On the other hand, Texas Texas is struggling in NCAA basketball odds. The Red Raiders have covered in 2 of their last 10 games, failing to do so in four straight. Being dominated by Texas could indicate a downward trend for Texas Tech, opening the door for West Virginia.

Texas Tech vs West Virginia Over/Under Pick: Over 152½ (-110)

Texas Tech allows 73.7 points per game, 10th, while West Virginia is 14th (79.9). Neither team’s defense is great, pushing the game toward the over. Furthermore, West Virginia seemed to get the offense rolling behind Battle and Kriisa, and that was without the second-leading scorer, Jesse Edwards, doing much. He had five points in the loss to Kansas State.

Texas Tech vs West Virginia Player Prop Pick: Raequan Battle Over 17.5 points (-106)

Over the last five games, Battle has gradually gotten hot. He is a big reason West Virginia has a chance to cover. Over the previous five games, he has averaged 21.4 points per game, which includes nine in a loss to Iowa State. That is the only game in this stretch where he scored less than 20 points.

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Texas Tech vs West Virginia Score Prediction

West Virginia 79, Texas Tech 76

 

 

Questions of the Day

Will West Virginia win this game at home?


With how Texas Tech has been playing recently and West Virginia figuring things out late in the season, it can win this game at home.

What could a loss mean for Texas Tech?


Even with a loss, Texas Tech will still not have a losing record in conference play but will drastically change its perception within the BIg 12.

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