Texas Tech Red Raiders at Texas Longhorns Betting Prediction 01/12/19

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It will be a showdown between two superb defenses when the Texas Longhorns (10-5, 2-1 Big 12) go head-to-head with the eighth-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) at Frank Erwin Special Events Center. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Longhorns lost a tough one against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 61-58, while the Red Raiders were victorious over the 23rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 66-59.

The Red Raiders made 17 of their 17 free throws (100.0 percent) and held the Sooners to an effective field goal percentage of 0.395 (below their season average of 0.509). Texas, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.4 vs. 19.8). Texas was lifted by Kerwin Roach II, who put up 18 points and seven rebounds. Jarrett Culver played a key role for Texas Tech with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

The Red Raiders edged out the Longhorns in this series last year, taking two out of three games. In the most recent contest, Texas Tech won 73-69. The Red Raiders’ offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Longhorns. Texas Tech had a rate of 41.9, while Texas posted a mark of 29.4. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

This matchup figures to be low-scoring as two of the country’s top defenses battle. Texas currently ranks 41st in defensive efficiency (93.1) and Texas Tech is first (78.6).

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Texas Longhorns Odds Pick

Free Pick: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Texas ranks 54th in three pointers attempted per game (26.0) while Texas Tech ranks 252nd (17.5).
  • The Red Raiders average 5.3 blocks per game, which ranks 17th in the nation. The Longhorns rank 61st in blocks allowed per game (2.9).
  • Texas Tech is second in the NCAA with 8.3 assists allowed per game while Texas is ninth with 9.5 assists allowed per game.
  • The Red Raiders rank 32nd in rebounds allowed per game (31.4) while the Longhorns rank 153rd (35.9).
  • Texas ranks ninth in steals allowed per game (4.7) while Texas Tech ranks 111th (6.6).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Longhorns have scored an average of 65.4 points per game (6.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 57.8 points per game (5.8 below their season average).
  • The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.0, down from 19.5 for the season.