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Texas Tech a Live Underdog against Texas

Something has to give when Texas Tech and Texas meet in the Big 12 opener for both teams with the Red Raiders having won six games in a row and Texas taking a five-game winning streak into the matchup. The college basketball betting lines have the host Longhorns listed as 7-point favorites.

Texas Tech is 5-2 in the last seven games against Texas. However, both of the wins for the Longhorns came at home.

Texas Tech a Live Underdog against Texas

Devan Cambridge, who is one of three double-digit scorers for the Red Raiders, is out for the season.

Guard Tyrese Hunter, the second-leading scorer for Texas and the team leader in assists is questionable.

Keep an eye on the status of Texas Tech’s Pop Isaacs. According to a civil lawsuit, he has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor on the Red Raiders’ trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Isaacs is the top scorer for the Red Raiders with an average of 15.8 points. He has played in all 13 games this season.

The NCAA basketball predictions have Texas favored at home for the 28th time in a row.

Texas moved up one spot to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll and went from 24th to 22nd in the USA Today Coaches poll. Texas Tech is not receiving votes in either national poll.

When looking at the NCAA basketball futures odds, Texas was third at +500 and Texas Tech came in fifth at +1200 in the odds of winning the Big 12 title when the season began. Texas went into the season tied for 10th in the odds of winning the national title. Those odds have moved from +2500 to +5000. Texas Tech is priced at +8000 to win the national championship.

Texas Tech vs Texas Game Information

  • Game: Texas Tech (11-2) vs Texas 11-2
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jan. 6, 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Moody Center, Austin, TX
  • Texas Tech vs Texas Live Stream: TBS.com

Texas is 9-0 at home. Texas Tech has dropped its only true road game. The Longhorns are 3-6 as a home favorite.

The Longhorns are priced at -275 to win the game with Texas Tech at +225 on the moneyline according to the Las Vegas odds.

Texas Tech vs Texas Odds and Spreads

  • Texas Tech has won 10 of its last 13 matchups with Texas.
  • The Red Raiders have covered in six of its last seven meetings with Texas.
  • The total has gone under in six of the last seven games for the Longhorns.
  • Texas has covered in just three of its nine home games.
  • Texas Tech is 4-2 against the spread in its last six games.
  • The total has gone over in six of the last seven road games for Texas Tech.
  • The total has landed under in the last five home games played by Texas.
  • Texas is 5-0 against the college basketball odds in its last five games against Big 12 opponents.

Over/Under Pick: Under 140 1/2 (-110)

There were 142 and 141 points scored in the last two showdowns between Texas Tech and Texas so it could be a little risky with the line for this game sitting at 140.

Both teams get after it on the defensive end of the floor. If Hunter has to miss this game, it would be a smart move to take the matchup to finish under the total.

ATS Pick: Texas Tech (+7, -110)

It is hard to overlook the recent success that Texas Tech has enjoyed against the rival Longhorns. The talent gap between the programs does seem to be widening but it is still worth going with the underdog Red Raiders to cover when making NCAA basketball picks.

Texas has been on easy street with the last three matchups against Texas A&M Corpus Christi, UNC Greensboro, and UT Arlington. The degree of difficulty will go up when the Red Raiders come to Austin.

Player Prop Pick: Texas Longhorns’ Max Abmas To Have Over 16 Points (-186)

Oral Roberts transfer Max Abmas has scored in double digits in every game this season for the Longhorns.

Abmas is averaging 15 points in two games against ranked opponents so he knows how to deliver against the toughest competition and will be asked to come through again.

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Texas Tech vs Texas Prediction

Texas 72, Texas Tech 67

Questions of the Day

Which player is the favorite to get the most assists in the game?

Texas Tech’s Joe Toussaint had a 12-assist game earlier in the season so look for him to hand out mores in this matchup.

Which team will win the first half?

There’s not much separating the teams with Texas putting up 79 points compared to 78 for Texas Tech while both teams allow 64 points per game. Go with the home team to have the lead at halftime.

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