Check out our free Iowa State vs Texas Tech pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Lubbock. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Iowa State vs Texas Tech Pick & Preview: Monday, January 30th Betting Odds
Cyclones vs Red Raiders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Iowa State Cyclones at Texas Tech Red Raiders
- Where: Lubbock at United Supermarkets Arena
- Date: Monday, January 30th
- Betting Odds: Iowa State -1.5, IOWAST -126 | TXTECH +102 O/U 130.0
The Iowa State Cyclones head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 15-5. On the road, the Cyclones will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Cyclones have been favored 10 times, going 10-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Iowa State as -1.5 point favorites.
Iowa State’s leading scorer this season is Jaren Holmes, who is averaging 13.75 points per contest. So far, Holmes has accounted for 19.49% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.45 rebounds per game and 3.45 assists. Gabe Kalscheur is the second leading scorer for the Cyclones, averaging 13.15 points per game. Between him and Kalscheur, they are accounting for 38.1% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Iowa State this season, as they are currently ranked 345th in college basketball at 66.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cyclones’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.1%, placing them 359th in the NCAA.
Red Raiders Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Iowa State, the Texas Tech Red Raiders will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 11-10. So far this season, Texas Tech has played 14 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-5. For the season, Texas Tech has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 0-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Red Raiders being +1.5 point underdogs.
Kevin Obanor comes into today’s game as the Red Raiders’ leading scorer at 15.33 points per contest. Not only has Obanor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Texas Tech’s top rebounder at 6.24 boards per contest. Behind Obanor, the team has benefited from the strong play of De’Vion Harmon, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.6% of his shots and is adding 2.71 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Texas Tech this season, as they are currently ranked 182nd in college basketball at 71.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Red Raiders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.4%, placing them 394th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Texas Tech Red Raiders +1.5
For this matchup, our model is suggesting that the best bet is to take the Texas Tech Red Raiders to cover the spread as the home underdogs. Even though the Red Raiders aren’t an oustanding 3-point shooting team, they will benefit from facing a Iowa State offense that also had its problems with outside shooting. In addition, Texas Tech has made up for their low 3-point numbers by posting a field goal percentage of 47.0%, which places them above the NCAA average. We this as a great spot to get a wager down on the Texas Tech Red Raiders to cover the spread at home.