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Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Preview

08 January 2022

 

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Saturday, January 08th Kansas Jayhawks @ Texas Tech Red Raiders

 

 

We've got a fun matchup scheduled on Saturday night between Kansas and Texas Tech. The Kansas Jayhawks come into this game ranked No.6 in college basketball.

Their opponent is ranked No.25 but has a 10-3 record this season. The Jayhawks, who are 12-1 this year, are looking to make it nine straight wins. Can they hand Texas Tech their first home loss?

The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 8-0 at home this season. They're putting that record on the line against Kansas on Saturday. Unfortunately, the Red Raiders are coming off of a tough loss to the Iowa State Cyclones.

The Red Raiders are 4.5-point underdogs in this one, which is no surprise. Before we make our pick, let's take a look at what both teams bring to the contest.

Kansas Jayhawks: A strong offense has the Jayhawks streaking

It's easy to see why the Jayhawks have won eight straight games. They have the eighth-best scoring offense in college basketball, averaging 84.3 points per game.

Their defense is pretty stingy, too, allowing only 66.6 points per game. As they prepare to face the Red Raiders, they'll have to come up with a plan for Kevin McCullar. Who leads in scoring and assists per game.

Scoring against the Red Raiders defense isn't going to be an easy task either. Texas Tech has an incredible defense that allows just 57.6 points per game. Overcoming Texas Tech's relentless defense could be tough for the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks' last loss was to the strong defense of Dayton, who was able to beat them, 74-73. Now, let's take a look at what the Red Raiders bring.

Texas Tech Red Raiders: The defense is great; what about the offense?

One of the biggest issues we see for Texas Tech is their performance on offense. Through this season, they've relied on their defense to win them games. Going against the Jayhawks, they'll need more than just great defense.

Their offense needs to put up points against the No.6 team in college basketball. If there was one thing we're concerned about regarding them, it's the offense.

Their leading scorer only averages 13.5 points per game. Texas Tech needs to find a way to generate better scoring opportunities. The good news is while they figure out the best route to the basket, the defense can support them.

This way, the game won't get out of hand while the Red Raiders iron out their offense. This support could be the key to keeping this game close.

Our pick for the Kansas Jayhawks at Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Jayhawks come into this game as 4.5-point favorites. As we've said, that isn't much of a surprise considering their record and their offense.

However, both of these teams have even records of 7-6 against the spread. It's not a lot of points for the Jayhawks to cover, but they haven't played a defense like Texas Techs. 

This, along with the fact that the Red Raiders are 8-0 at home, is why we'll take Texas Tech. Their defense should be able to stave off the high-scoring Jayhawks offense. As long as the offense can put up some points and keep this close, 4.5-points should be enough.

DunkelIndex Free Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders +4.5, OVER

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