CBB Betting Preview Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders- February 16, 2022

No. 11 Texas Tech will host nationally-ranked Big 12 foe No. 7 Baylor Bears on Wednesday at 9 ET at the United Supermarkets Arena. Tech has won the first game in the series and sports an impressive 15-0 home record. Meanwhile, the Bears are coming off an 80-63 victory against 20th-ranked Texas, with all five BU starters scoring in double figures. This will be a great matchup of solid basketball, with both teams eyeing a Big-12 Title and National Championship. 

Baylor Bears Betting Preview: Baylor Seeks Revenge on the Road Against Tech

Baylor has a 21-4 overall record under Scott Drew, including a 9-3 Big 12 record. As a result, Baylor has a season scoring average of 117.9 points per 100 possessions, ranking ninth in the NCAA. With the offense at full strength, the unit posts a 106.3 offensive rating during the Big 12 play, and they also rank second in adjusted efficiency.

On Saturday, Baylor took down the No. 20 Texas Longhorns led by Adam Flager’s 20 points. The Bears had five players score in double digits on the night, with Flo Thamba adding his first career double-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. 

However, the Bears got some bad news earlier this week, as Jonathan Tchwamwa Tchatchoua had surgery to repair multiple ligaments in his left knee, effectively ending his season on Tuesday. Tchwamwa Tchatchoua will be greatly missed as he led the Bears in rebounds, 

On defense, the Bears have given up only 90.1 points per 100 possessions for the season, 13th in the NCAA, and 96.8 points per 100 possessions versus Big 12 opponents, second in the Big 12.

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Preview: Red Raiders Look to Defend Home-Court and Stay Undefeated at Home

On Saturday, the Raiders were down 37-40 at halftime against TCU, and Texas Tech came back with a 45-29 second-half run to win 82-69. Terrence Shannon led the club with 20 points off the bench, while Bryson Williams scored 16 points. In their last five games, the Raiders have gone 4-1. The Tigers defeated Mississippi State, Texas, West Virginia, and TCU during that period.

In addition to winning four of their past five conference games, the Red Raiders have scored 72 points or more in six of their previous eight games. The offense has plenty of firepowers, especially at home, where Texas Tech has a season offensive rating of 109.9, which ranks 59th in the NCAA. Coming into the 25th game of the season, four Red Raiders are averaging double figures in scoring. Bryson Williams leads the team with 13.4 points per game, followed by Terrence Shannon, Jr. (11.6), Kevin McCullar (10.8), and Davion Warren (10.8). (10.0).

Mark Adams is in his first season as Texas Tech’s head coach after serving as the program’s associate head coach for the previous five years. His 6-0 start was the best for a first-year head coach at Tech, and the Yellow Jackets are now serious title contenders. Tech has now defeated a top-10 opponent in eight consecutive seasons, a top-5 opponent in seven consecutive seasons, and has a total of 26 wins over top-10 teams in its history. Since the 2015 season, the Red Raiders have beaten 12 top-10 teams.

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Betting Odds and Lines

MyBookie has the Texas Tech Red Raiders listed as the -1.5 point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 136.5 in the latest odds. 

Free Betting Pick

This should be the game of the night as both Baylor and Texas Tech have talent and have put on outstanding performances this year. This game has the potential to be the most thrilling Big 12 battle to date after an epic Texas Tech comeback on the road in their last matchup. 

Unfortunately for Baylor, injuries have begun to mount up, and what was a deep team at the outset of the season is no longer so. That alone is enough to convince me to support Texas Tech, which has dominated at home. In addition to an undefeated record at home and the fact that they beat Baylor on the road already this season, the Red Raiders are 12-3 ATS at home this season. Meanwhile, Baylor is 6-6 ATS in conference games and 0-1 as away underdogs. 

In the end, the Red Raiders’ home-court advantage is unrivaled. Baylor should put up a tough fight, but the home-court advantage will overwhelm Baylor.

BetUSASports Free Pick: Texas Tech -1.5 

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