The most anticipated NCAAB game of Monday, February 13, will be played between the in-state and conference rivals in Texas, so make sure you don’t miss out on the best Longhorns vs. Red Raiders betting pick and odds.
Texas is hoping to stay atop of the Big 12 when they visit Texas Tech at United Supermarkets Arena. The Longhorns are -3.5 favorites on Jazz Sportsbook, while the total is set at 145.5 points. These Big 12 foes have met a month ago in Austin, where the Longhorns won 72-70.
Longhorns destroyed West Virginia at home
The No. 5 Texas Longhorns (20-5, 11-14-0 ATS) returned home from a two-game road trip, on which they suffered a loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. However, the Longhorns responded in style with a massive 94-60 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Texas had a 21-point lead at halftime and limited the visitors to just 35.2% from the field, while the Longhorns dominated every segment, especially turnovers. The hosts committed only six opposite West Virginia’s 20.
Senior guard Sir’Jabari Rice led the Longhorns with a season-high 24 points off the bench. Marcus Carr added 16 points, four rebounds, game-high four assists, and game-high three steals, Timmy Allen had 14 points, game-high nine boards, and four dishes, while Arterio Morris scored 12 off the bench.
Red Raiders got the second conference win
The Texas Red Raiders (13-12, 10-14-1 ATS) played another tight conference game, but this time around, they got a victory. After losing to the Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State Cowboys on the road, the Red Raiders returned home and beat the No. 12 Kansas State Wildcats 71-63. It was just the second win for the Red Raiders in conference play – they already have ten defeats. Texas Tech kept the visitors to 35.2% from the floor and forced even 23 turnovers, while they did make 18 on the other end.
Senior guard De’Vion Harmon led the Red Raiders with 20 points and game-high four assists. Lamar Washington chipped in 13 points and game-high five steals off the bench, Jaylon Tyson added 11 points and five rebounds, while Kevin Obanor scored ten points with team-high six boards.
F Daniel Batcho missed the previous game while nursing a lower-body injury, and it is uncertain whether he will suit up versus Texas on Monday. G Pop Isaacs missed the last four games with an ankle injury and is questionable to play on Monday.
- 5-2 ATS in the last seven games overall
- 5-2 ATS in the last seven games vs. a team with a winning straight-up record
- 5-1 ATS in the last six games against the Big 12 conference rivals
- 4-11-1 ATS in the last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- 1-4 ATS in the last five Monday games
Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick
The Longhorns have a top-30 offense that averages 80.0 points per game, and although the Red Raiders are allowing 68.3 ppg, it’s going to be hard to contain Texas here. Texas Tech is scoring 73.8 ppg, but two of their top five options on offense are nursing injuries and could miss this game, so I believe if that occurs, the Longhorns’ defense is going to prevail. With that in correlation, the Red Raiders failed to score more than 71 points in their last three games, and I am backing the visitors to stop Texas Tech and win this electrifying duel.
Pick: Take the Longhorns at -2.5 (-133)
The rivals combined for 142 points in the previous H2H encounter and I expect to see a similar outcome on Monday – around 140 points. The Red Raiders will probably be shorthanded on offense, so they’ll be focusing on their defense. Possible overtime would take this game to Over, but these teams haven’t played overtime in the last 11 H2Hs. The total has gone Under in four of Texas Tech’s last five games against Texas, while the total went Under in four of the Red Raiders’ previous six games played on a Monday when at home.
Pick: Go Under 146.5 points (-130)