The Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3) go head-to-head with the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals (9-0) at Madison Square Garden. The game can be seen on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.
Louisville Cardinals vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Free Prediction
The last time the Cardinals played, they blew out the Pittsburgh Panthers, 64-46. The Cardinals had a better free throw rate (0.143 vs. 0.057) and held the Panthers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.406 (below their season average of 0.460). Malik Williams had a good outing for Louisville, contributing 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Red Raiders were beaten by the DePaul Blue Demons in their last game, 65-60. DePaul’s turnover percentage was the team’s largest advantage over Texas Tech. The Blue Demons posted a mark of 14.5 (better than their season average of 17.8), while the Red Raiders had a rate of 27.0 (above their season average of 15.7). With 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting, Terrence Shannon Jr. was the game’s leading scorer.
Points could be at a premium in this showdown between a pair of the nation’s premier defenses. Since last season, Texas Tech ranks 25th in defensive efficiency (88.6) and Louisville is 16th (97.1).
Louisville vs. Texas Tech Free Pick
Pick: ATS Winner – Louisville, O/U – Under
Louisville ranks 25th in rebounds per game (38.5) while Texas Tech ranks 157th (35.2).
The Red Raiders rank 37th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Cardinals rank 151st (2.9).
Louisville ranks 34th in steals allowed per game (5.7) while Texas Tech ranks 106th (6.3).
The Cardinals rank 36th in assists per game (13.9) while the Red Raiders rank 68th (14.5).