The Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3) take on the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (3-8) at United Supermarkets Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 16, 2019, and will air on ESPN2.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Texas Tech Red Raiders Free Prediction
The Golden Eagles are trying to rebound after their 72-69 loss to the North Florida Ospreys in their last game. North Florida’s effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Southern Miss. The Ospreys had a rate of 0.553 (above their season average of 0.531), while the Golden Eagles posted a mark of 0.435 (below their season average of 0.499). Tyler Stevenson was the top scorer from either team with 27 points on 11-for-18 shooting.
In the Red Raiders’ last game, they beat the No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, 70-57. The Red Raiders forced 19 turnovers and held the Cardinals to an effective field goal percentage of 0.368 (below their season average of 0.570). With seven points, 12 rebounds and six assists, Texas Tech’s Chris Clarke had a solid performance.
The aggressive Texas Tech offense could be getting to the foul line a lot in this meeting. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Red Raiders rank 49th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.247, while Southern Miss ranks 304th in FTA rate allowed (0.205). Moreover, the Golden Eagles’ 282nd-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 105.6) will face a tough challenge against the Red Raiders’ 24th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 88.3).
Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders ATS Pick
Free Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Under
Texas Tech averages 14.5 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the NCAA. Southern Miss ranks 175th in assists allowed per game (12.7).
The Red Raiders rank 27th in rebounds per game (35.3) while the Golden Eagles rank 172nd (35.5).
Texas Tech ranks 164th in three pointers attempted per game (20.2) while Southern Miss ranks 266th (20.4).
The Golden Eagles rank 50th in steals per game (7.7) while the Red Raiders rank 117th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
Texas Tech ranks 35th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while Southern Miss ranks 78th (2.9).