ESPN Big Monday Free Pick: Mountaineers host Red Raiders

ESPN Big Monday Free Pick: Mountaineers host Red Raiders

Tonight’s ESPN2 Big Monday event pits two Big 12 schools who have slipped in February. The league event is likely to vault the winner into a position to be a No #2 seed in the bracket projections. Tipoff is schedule for 9:00 p.m. ET at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia. ESPN Big Monday Free Pick: Mountaineers host Red Raiders.

The Red Raiders and Mountaineers (-6.5 155) are both mathematically in the hunt for a Big 12 regular season title. For either school to earn a tie for the top spot in the conference both have to win out while the Jayhawks need to close the season with two consecutive losses.

Texas Tech and senior guard Keenan Evans are undervalued as a whole. The Raiders are easily the most balanced team in the Big 12. Evans is in contention for Big 12 Player of the Year. His 17.2 points per game are essential to Tech finding a road victory on Senior Night in Morgantown.

A court-toe injury has hampered Evans the last three games. In addition Justin Gray left Saturday’s loss to Kansas with concussion symptoms. He is a gametime decision for tonight’s tilt.. The Red Raiders did receive a roster boost with the return senior forward Zach Smith. The frontcourt big body is a huge asset to the undersized Tech staring lineup.

The Raiders are as defensively adept as are the Mountaineers. Both rosters created a large number of turnovers per game and both squad rely on protecting the paint. The Red Raiders are a high energy squad and coach Beard’s game preparation has created offensive difficulties for their opponents this season. Texas Tech has surrendered fewer than 29 points on average in the first half of their contests this season. In addition they have held foes under 40% shooting on the season. This is a key handicapping variable when the Raiders are receiving 6-points or more. Tech has a winning against the spread mark as an underdog of 6-points or more this season.

This game will be an emotional affair for the backcourt of West Virginia. The tandem of guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles will play their final college game in Morgantown tonight. Rim protector and center Sagaba Konate won’t be the force he has been against other smaller conference lineups. While Tech is far from deep in the frontcourt Zach Smith, Norense Odiase and Tommy Hamilton IV will be utilized tonight in the Big 12 road game. Center Konate has blocked at least two shots in six straight games and has registered 15 blocks in the last two.

All things being equal the Red Raiders are arguably the best team in the league. Their three-game losing streak is due in large was due to the toe injury to Evans. The defensive prowess of the Raiders will force West Virginia to settle for three-point attempts. Furthermore the Raiders are well versed in avoiding turnovers against pressure defenses like the Mountaineers present.

In a season in which the Mountaineers have created less backcourt steals and scuffled to hold leads late in the second half this game offers value to the visiting underdog.

ESPN Big Monday Free Pick is a play on the Texas Tech Red Raiders plus the points.

 

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Kansas vs Texas Tech Predictions and Odds (Saturday Feb 24th)

Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Tech Raiders Predictions

Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Tech Raiders Predictions and Odds: Direct from Las Vegas, WagerTalk.com TV host Marco D’Angelo @MarcoInVegas and Ralph Michaels @CalSportsLV look.  The WagerTalk team look at the Vegas odds and give their college basketball expert picks and predictions on the game between Kansas (22-6) vs Texas Tech (22-6). This Big 12 affair is scheduled to be played Saturday, February 24 at 4:15pm from United Supermarkets Arena.  Kansas vs Texas Tech Predictions and Odds (Saturday Feb 24th).

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Arizona at Oregon Predictions and Odds (Saturday Feb 24th)

Arizona at Oregon Predictions

Arizona Wildcats vs Oregon Ducks Predictions and Odds: Direct from Las Vegas, WagerTalk.com TV host Marco D’Angelo @MarcoInVegas and Ralph Michaels @CalSportsLV look at the Vegas odds.  And give their college basketball expert picks and predictions on the game between Arizona (21-6) vs Oregon (17-10). This Pac-12 affiar is scheduled to be played Saturday, February 24 at 10:15pm from Matthew Knight Arena. Arizona at Oregon Predictions and Odds (Saturday Feb 24th).

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College Basketball Free Pick: Red Raiders at Bears

College Basketball Free Pick: Red Raiders at Bears

Texas Tech visits Waco to square off against league foe Baylor. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET at the Ferrell Center. College Basketball Free Pick: Red Raiders at Bears.

The No #6 Red Raiders (+1, 133) are riding a seven-game winning streak. They sit at the top of the Big 12 standings one-game ahead of the Kansas Jayhawks.

Texas Tech has won its past four games by nearly 12 points per game but it is their defensive that fuels the Raiders fire. A balanced offense led by senior guard Keenan Evans in combination with the league’s best defense (62.7 points) makes the squad the team to beat in conference play as the regular season close approaches.

Evans leads the Red Raiders in scoring (18.7 ppg) and has assisted the young backcourt’s growth. Fresh guards Jarrett Culver and Zhaire Smith combine to average over 20-points per game in league affairs and defensively Tech is as technically sound as any school in the country.

Senior guard Manu Lecomte is the player that fuels the Baylor Bears. When staked with the task of having to play at both ends of the court Lecomte has had his share of struggles. Today is one of those matchups as Lecomte will have the partial task of containing Evans. Senior forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr has recorded 11 double-doubles this season but he isn’t capable of carrying an offense that is, as a whole, dysfunctional.

Baylor’s talent level is more represented by the club’s 2-8 start in Big 12 play. The Bears coaching staff isn’t at the same level as that of Texas Tech. The Raiders are head-and-shoulders better on the defensive end of the floor. And Texas Tech is 9-1 when Evans scores at least 20 points this season. The Bears don’t have a shutdown backcourt player that can contain Evans for 40-minutes.

The Bears are dismal in close games. Baylor is 1-4 in contests decided by three points or fewer this season against conference foes.

Free College Basketball Free Pick is a play on the Red Raiders in a near pick’em game.

College Basketball Free Pick: Red Raiders at Bears

 

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Big 10 Network Free Pick: Iowa at Michigan

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The high scoring Hawkeyes square off against the defensive-minded Wolverines. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET on the Crisler Center floor in Ann Arbor. Big 10 Network Free Pick: Iowa at Michigan.

No #21 Michigan (-11, 147) has won three of their last four games, including an 83-72 victory against Wisconsin on Sunday. The Wolverines are nearly perfect at home this season with just one loss. That defeat was at the hands of the Purdue Boilermakers, a 70-69 loss. Iowa has dropped three straight with their latest being a 82-54 rout versus No #9 Ohio State on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes rank in college basketball’s Top-50 in scoring offense. However, they are one of the worst statistical defensive squads in the country ranking 312th overall allowing nearly 80 points per game. Iowa has surrendered 80 or more points in five straight games. Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings rate Iowa at 96th in the country.

The Wolverines Moritz Wagner earned a double-double in the team’s last game, a win versus Wisconsin. Wagner scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds recording his second double-double in the last three games.

Iowa has won five of the last six meetings with Michigan but this year’s squad has serious issues defending. With the Wolverines ranking second nationally in fewest turnovers per game (9.4) tonight’s final score isn’t close.

Big 10 Network Free Pick: Iowa at Michigan

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