Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders Free Prediction 01/18/20

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The Iowa State Cyclones (8-8, 1-3 Big 12) will be at United Supermarkets Arena to meet the 23rd-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-5, 2-2 Big 12) in a Big 12 matchup. Action gets underway at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020, and can be seen on ESPNU.

Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders ATS Odds

In their last contest, the Red Raiders were victorious over the Kansas State Wildcats, 77-63, while the Cyclones fell to the second-ranked Baylor Bears, 68-55.

Texas Tech dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 (above their season average of 29.4) and a turnover percentage of 19.9 (worse than their season average of 16.7). Kansas State had marks of 26.1 and 28.2, respectively, for those same stats. Iowa State, meanwhile, held Baylor to an effective field goal percentage of 0.444 (below their season average of 0.502). Kyler Edwards had a solid performance for Texas Tech, recording 24 points. Meanwhile, Tyrese Haliburton was a key piece for Iowa State with six points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

This series was highly contested last year, as the teams split their two games last season. In the last contest, the Red Raiders won 80-73. The Red Raiders’ 11.3 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Cyclones, who had a rate of 17.6. This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year.

A focal point for the Texas Tech offense is getting to the free throw line. The Red Raiders rank 40th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.274), but Iowa State is among the best in the country at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 32nd by yielding a FTA rate of 0.162). Additionally, the Cyclones commit the 17th-fewest errors in the nation (turnover percentage of 16.1 percent), while the pesky defense of the Red Raiders causes the 24th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 24.4 percent).

Iowa State at Texas Tech Free Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Texas Tech ranks 85th in rebounds allowed per game (33.6) while Iowa State ranks 236th (38.0).
  • The Cyclones rank 27th in blocks per game (4.9) while the Red Raiders rank 82nd (3.6).
  • Iowa State ranks 66th in three pointers attempted per game (24.8) while Texas Tech ranks 71st in three pointers allowed per game (19.9).
  • The Red Raiders rank 16th in assists per game (16.6) while the Cyclones rank 151st in assists allowed per game (13.0).
  • Texas Tech averages 7.9 steals per game, which ranks 55th in the NCAA. Iowa State ranks 130th in steals allowed per game (6.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Cyclones have scored an average of 67.2 points per game (9.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (1.8 above their season average).
  • The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.4, down from 11.7 for the season.