The rivalry between Texas Tech and Texas is emerging once again.
After the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns 77-64 at Lubbock in Texas, head coach Chris Beard returned to Lubbock for the first time since he left, leaving last season to coach at his alma mater.
Both teams still have a significant gap to a Big 12 title, with Texas Tech in third place; 1.5 games back to Kansas, and Texas just one game back; 2.5 combinations.
Who has the edge when the competition turns to Austin?
Here are the odds at WynnBET Sportsbook:
In the previous game, the Red Raiders only conceded the Longhorns early in the game, keeping them to 29 points after halftime. They took away Texas’ ability to get any shots unchecked as the Longhorns only shot 26% from three-point range.
This time, Texas will be ready to go.
Mark Adams is a worthy candidate for the title of Coach of the Year in the Big 12, elevating the Tech newspaper’s defense to the top 3 in the country in terms of adjusted defensive effectiveness.
The Longhorns have two decisive advantages over the Red Raiders in this game: forced turns and free throws. Texas goes to forcibly revolving 24.2% of opposing assets; ranked 12th in the country. Red Raiders are very profitable when it comes to crime, ranking 235th on KenPom.
Then there’s the free shot woes. The Red Raiders only shoot 70% from the row compared to the Longhorns at 75.7%. With a three-point lead for the home team, it would be helpful to take clutch free throws and a few more favorable serves at home, especially if it’s close by.
Texas is also the better team at home this season, with a straight 15-1 and 9-7-0 over the margin.
The line is likely to continue moving towards Texas, as it has opened consensus at Texas -1.5. Quickly jump in before it continues climbing.
PICK: Texas -3 (-110)
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