Against The Spread Pick
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are one of the top teams in the Big 12 this season. They enter this game ranked 23rd in college basketball with a record of 11-5. However, they have struggled to some degree to begin conference play as they are 2-2, with both losses coming against two of the best teams in the conference. They are coming off a 77-63 road win on Tuesday against the Kansas State Wildcats. They will look to build off that win when they host the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday. Meanwhile, Iowa State enters this game with a record of 8-8 and is in 8th place in the conference with a conference record of 1-3. This game will be Iowa State’s second in a row on the road against teams in the top 25. I look for Texas Tech to win this game at home. However, I look for the Cyclones +7.5 to be the better play. It should be close.
Over Under Pick
Iowa State is one of the more talented teams offensively in college basketball this season. They enter this game averaging 76.94 points per game. However, they are only an average team defensively as they are allowing 71.44 points per game. Meanwhile, Texas Tech plays at a slower pace and relies more on their defensive play this season. The Red Raiders are averaging 73.88 points per game while limiting opponents to a meager 62.19, which is the 43rd fewest in college basketball this season. Based on both teams’ style offensively, I look for the over 137.5 points to be the winning side.