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Texas Tech Red Raiders Poised for Victory Against the Kansas Jayhawks on Their Home Court
In a highly anticipated Big 12 matchup, the Kansas Jayhawks will face off against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on the road. The Jayhawks, currently ranked fourth in the nation, hold a strong overall record of 19-5 this season and have performed well in the competitive Big 12 Conference with a record of 7-4. On the other side, the Red Raiders have a solid overall record of 17-6 and a conference record of 6-4. Ranked 23rd in the country, Texas Tech is considered the betting favorite with an opening line of -2, a position that has remained unchanged. The game is set to begin at 9:00 PM EST.
- Moneyline: Jayhawks +115 | Red Raiders -135
- Spread: Jayhawks +2 (-110) | Red Raiders -2 (-110)
- Total: Over/Under 147.5 (-110)
- Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Texas Tech will win straight-up is 57%.
Kansas vs Texas Tech Stats
The Kansas Jayhawks are currently 19-5 this season and have a chance to secure a #1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. In a recent game against Baylor, the team's hopes for a #1 seed were kept alive with a close 64-61 victory. The Jayhawks' defense was instrumental in this win, as they forced 21 turnovers and successfully defended two crucial three-point attempts in the final seconds of the game. Coach Bill Self expressed his satisfaction with the slow and gritty nature of the game.
However, the team's road performance has been less impressive, with a record of 2-4 on the road and 0-2 against ranked opponents. Offensively, the Jayhawks are ranked second in the Big 12 in points per game and first in field goal percentage, but they struggle with three-point shooting and are last in the conference in three-point field goals made per game. Defensively, they are seventh in scoring defense, third in field goal defense, and fifth in 3-point defense. They are also ninth in total rebounds per game and third in turnovers per game in the Big 12.
In terms of player injuries, F Kevin McCullar Jr. is listed as questionable for their upcoming game. The team's power ranking is 130, with a ranking of 71 in offense and 78 in defense. They have a record of 19-5 (10-13-1 against the spread). Offensively, the Jayhawks have impressive shooting percentages in field goals and free throws, but they struggle with three-point shooting. They also average a decent number of rebounds per game and have high offensive assist numbers. Defensively, they allow a relatively low percentage of field goals and free throws, but struggle with defending three-point shots. They also have a solid number of defensive rebounds per game and average defensive assist and turnover numbers.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Analysis
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have an opportunity to improve their ranking by winning at home against the 4th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. After a recent victory over UCF, the Red Raiders ended a three-game losing streak in conference play. Darrion Williams and Warren Washington had impressive performances with double-doubles in the game. Despite struggling on offense, Texas Tech's strong defense and rebounding helped them secure the win. Coach Grant McCasland expressed satisfaction with the defensive effort. A victory in this game would enhance Texas Tech's position in the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raiders currently rank fourth in the Big 12 for points per game and shooting percentages. They excel in three-point shooting and make a high number of three-pointers per game. However, they need to improve their defensive performance, particularly in field goal and three-point defense. In terms of rebounds, turnovers, and overall defense, they have room for improvement as well. Overall, the Red Raiders have a solid offensive performance, highlighted by their field goal and free throw percentages. Defensively, they struggle with field goal and three-point percentages but perform well in defensive rebounds. They average a high number of offensive assists but also have a relatively high number of turnovers.
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Jayhawks Struggle on the Road, Red Raiders Poised for Victory
The Jayhawks' performance on the road this season has significantly hindered their chances of earning a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Despite their losses to formidable opponents like Iowa State and Illinois, they have also been defeated by moderately competitive teams such as Kansas State and UCF away from home. On the other hand, Texas Tech boasts an impressive home record of 12-1, with their only loss coming from Cincinnati. Opposing teams that have found success in defeating the Red Raiders usually exhibit strong long-range shooting skills and efficient rebounding abilities. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks do not excel in shooting from beyond the arc, ranking just eighth in the conference for 3-point shooting and next to last in 3-point field goals per game. Additionally, they stand at ninth place in terms of total rebounds per game. With their proficient offense and ability to protect the ball, the Red Raiders are well-equipped to secure a victory against the higher-ranked Jayhawks on their home court. Therefore, it is advisable to place one's wager on the Red Raiders to cover.
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