The Kansas State Wildcats (9-16, 2-10 Big 12) will try to put an end to their five-game losing streak when they meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-9, 7-5 Big 12) at United Supermarkets Arena. The game will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Texas Tech is an 12-point favorite on the opening line, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 130 points at PointsBet on the Indiana Sports Betting App.
Kansas State Wildcats at Texas Tech Red Raiders Free Prediction
The Wildcats are hoping for a better outcome after their 68-57 loss to the TCU Horned Frogs in their last contest. TCU made 15 of their 33 three pointers (45.5 percent), while Kansas State was just 2-12 (16.7 percent). Xavier Sneed led Kansas State in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
The last time the Red Raiders played, they dropped a tough one against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 73-70. Oklahoma State was effective at getting to and converting from the charity stripe. The Cowboys made 31 of their 38 free throws (81.6 percent), while the Red Raiders were just 12-20 (60.0 percent). Texas Tech’s Kevin McCullar put together a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting.
This is the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, Kyler Edwards scored a game-high 24 points and the Red Raiders beat the Wildcats 77-63. The Red Raiders had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (45.2 vs. 26.1) and had a much better turnover percentage (19.9 vs. 28.2).
Texas Tech could dominate on the defensive side of the ball as they go head-to-head against one of the nation’s worst offenses. The Red Raiders currently rank 39th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.457), while Kansas State is 282nd in effective field goal percentage (0.477). Additionally, the Wildcats rank 301st in turnover percentage (21.0 percent), while the Red Raiders rank 20th in opponents’ turnover percentage (23.7 percent).
Kansas State vs. Texas Tech Free Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Under
Texas Tech averages 7.8 steals per game, which ranks 45th in the nation. Kansas State ranks 185th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
The Red Raiders rank 20th in assists per game (15.8) while the Wildcats rank 152nd (12.9).
Texas Tech ranks 52nd in blocks per game (4.1) while Kansas State ranks 153rd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
The Red Raiders rank 215th in rebounds per game (34.1) while the Wildcats rank 241st (33.3).
The Wildcats have been outscored by an average of 8.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Kansas State has defeated opponents by an average of 0.1 points.
During their last five games, the Red Raiders have scored an average of 72.8 points per game (0.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.2 points per game (1.0 below their season average).