The Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-20) and Baylor Bears (24-5) will square off in a Big 12 Conference affair Monday night inside the Ferrell Center in Waco, TX.
Texas Tech Red Raiders at Baylor Bears
Texas Tech has lost four straight games and comes off a 71-67 overtime loss to the Texas Longhorns as 10.5-point home underdogs. “It just hurts,” commented Red Raiders guard Javarez Willis. “We’ve just been fighting every single day.” The Red Raiders have managed to cover just one of their last four games, while going “under” the total in four of the last six games. Coming into its last contest, the team had just one player averaging in double figures, with freshman forward Jordan Tolbert leading the way in scoring 11.2 points per game. Texas Tech is 6-9 ATS versus conference opponents and the “under” is 10-6 in that situation.
The Red Raiders are definitely suffering through a disappointing season under first-year head coach Billy Gillispie, posting an 8-20 overall mark, including a 1-15 record in Big 12 Conference play. Long scoring droughts have troubled this team for most of the year, failing to score a point in two different five-minute stretches versus the Longhorns. It’s been 21 years since the program suffered 20 defeats in a season.
Baylor continues its quest to lock up the No. 3 seed in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship, coming in on a two-game win streak that includes a 70-60 win over the Oklahoma Sooners as 12.5-point home favorites. “Second halves have been very good in our last two games,” commented Bears head coach Scott Drew. The team’s 24 wins is currently tied for the second-most regular-season victories in program history. Currently, the senior class has 94 career victories, making it the winningest senior class in program history. Baylor is 5-10 ATS versus conference opponents this year.
The Bears are 30-26 all-time in Waco against the Red Raiders and have won five straight at home in the series. Baylor is 4-0 as a nationally-ranked team against Texas Tech. The team is 14-4 in its last 18 games against its three in-state Big 12 opponents. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, the Bears have tallied a 69-16 record inside Monday night’s venue, including a 26-14 mark versus conference rivals.
Bettors will likely back the Bears due to their 7-3-1 ATS mark at home in this series, while the Red Raiders are 1-4 ATS on Mondays.
Recommendation: Baylor Bears -20
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