Bet on Texas Tech vs West Virginia NCAA Hoops Action

Posted by Aaron . on March 1, 2016 in

The Texas Tech Raiders head into the Appalachians to take on the #10 West Virginia Mountaineers in Big 12 basketball action. The Mountaineers are 22-7 and occupy second place in the Big 12. They knocked off Oklahoma State on the road on Saturday, 70-56. The Red Raiders are 18-10 and sit in seventh place in the Big 12 after their 67-58 loss at #2 Kansas on Saturday. Get the updated NCAAB online betting lines for this game.

Bet on Texas Tech vs West Virginia NCAA Hoops Action

When: Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7:00 PM ET
Where: WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN



Why should you bet on the Red Raiders?

The fact that Texas Tech was able to stay so close in the gym of the #2 team in the nation is a fairly resounding endorsement. Their defense kept Kansas out of its normal rhythm, and the Jayhawks committed a number of turnovers. If Texas Tech can disrupt West Virginia in a similar way — without avoiding the errors that kept Texas Tech from taking advantage of the situation — then the Red Raiders could beat a Mountaineers team that has been fairly inconsistent in Big 12 play this season.

Why should you put your money on West Virginia?

The Mountaineers run you ragged on defense and dominate the boards, two habits that make them extremely difficult to beat. They are #1 in the nation in offensive rebounds and outrebounded Oklahoma State 42-25 to control matters on both ends of the floor. Even in a game where West Virginia did not shoot all that well (36.5%), they were able to draw contact and get to the free throw line (where they went 27 for 37). Even when their starters struggle, the Mountaineers feature a great deal of depth — they are also #1 in the nation in bench scoring (34.1 points per game). They forced OSU into 19 turnovers, keeping them from starting much of anything on offense.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

West Virginia is a tough place for opponents to come in and win, and the Mountaineers play a stifling brand of basketball that will overwhelm the Red Raiders. I’m picking West Virginia, 70-60.