It will be a battle between Big 12 opponents when the Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-12, 2-9 Big 12) welcome the No. 24 Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-8, 7-4 Big 12) to Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Prediction
In the Red Raiders’ last outing, they dismantled the TCU Horned Frogs, 88-42. Texas Tech’s turnover percentage was their largest advantage over TCU. The Red Raiders had a rate of 8.7 (better than their season average of 17.6), while the Horned Frogs posted a mark of 26.8 (above their season average of 18.1). Kyler Edwards fueled Texas Tech with 14 points.
The Cowboys beat the Kansas State Wildcats in their last outing, 64-59. The Cowboys had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.419 (above their season average of 0.233) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.535 (above their season average of 0.464). Yor Anei led Oklahoma State in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting from the field.
This will be the second game of the season between these two squads. In the first, TJ Holyfield put up 17 points and seven rebounds and the Red Raiders beat the Cowboys 85-50. The Red Raiders had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.627 vs. 0.375) and had a much better turnover percentage (12.3 vs. 18.9).
Both teams have had a player take their game to the next level over their last five games. Jahmi’us Ramsey (17 points,1.2 steals) has been stellar for the Red Raiders while Cameron McGriff (12 points,6.6 rebounds) has made great contributions to the Cowboys.
The inefficient offense of Oklahoma State (257th in the country with an offensive efficiency of 98.8) will battle against the elite defense of Texas Tech (14th in the nation with a defensive efficiency of 90.1). The Red Raiders figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State ATS Pick
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Texas Tech ranks 67th in three pointers allowed per game (19.7) while Oklahoma State ranks 275th (25.7).
The Red Raiders rank 23rd in assists per game (15.8) while the Cowboys rank 204th (11.9).
Texas Tech averages 4.1 blocks per game, which ranks 50th in the nation. Oklahoma State ranks 115th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
The Red Raiders rank 44th in steals per game (7.8) while the Cowboys rank 85th (6.9).
Texas Tech averages 34.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 177th in the nation. Oklahoma State ranks 194th in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).
The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.8, up from 10.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cowboys have scored an average of 65.0 points per game (2.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (2.5 above their season average).