Texas Tech Hosts TCU in Big 12 Hoops
Texas Tech Faces Dangerous TCU Squad
The TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Tech Red Raiders meet on Monday at United Supermarkets Arena. Texas Tech has struggled some of late and face a very dangerous TCU team in Big 12 action.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN LINE: Texas Tech -5.5; O/U: 132.
After losing its third straight game, and scoring the fewest points since the 2014-15 season, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard expressed his desire for finding options to help leading scorer Jarrett Culver. Davide Moretti answered the call Saturday. The Italian scored a career-high 21 points in a win over Arkansas. The 6′-3″ guard will try to continue increasing his production as the 13th-ranked Red Raiders battles visiting TCU on Monday night Big 12 basketball action.
Moretti averaged 12.3 minutes in 37 games last season, is averaging 10.4 points this season in 29.8 minutes. He has averaged 13.3 points in his last eight games and connecting on 39.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc overall. TCU is coming off a 55-50 win over Florida in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday. They held the Gators to three points in the first 11:35 of the game to build an 18-3 lead. Texas Tech has been exceptional at home this season. They have posted an 11-1 record and limited its opponents to 52 points per game and a 32.8 shooting percentage. TCU is 1-3 in true road games this season.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The TCU Horned Frogs are 15-3 overall and 3-3 in the Big 12. Forward Kouat Noi scored 22 points and guard Desmond Bane added 17 against Florida as the Horned Frogs improved to 10-1 at home this season. Bane ranks seventh in the Big 12 with 15 points per game. Noi, who has drained a 3-pointer in 18 straight contests, ranks ninth at 14.7 ppg. Guard Alex Robinson is third in the nation at 7.7 assists per game. His dishes this season has left him 10 away from matching Corey Santee’s school record of 575 assists. The Horned Frogs are averaging 76.9 points. That ranks third in the Big 12, and are top 50 in both offensive (40th) and defensive efficiency (18th) in the nation.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 16-4 overall and 4-3 in the Big 12. Culver had 15 points, four assists, three steals along with four 3-pointers against Arkansas. He leads the Red Raiders with 18.5 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Guard Matt Mooney added 12 points in the victory and is third in scoring at 10.3 ppg. Tariq Owens has chipped in eight points per game and is one of the nation’s blocked shot leaders at 2.5 bpg. The Red Raiders have limited opponents to a nations best 35.7% from the field. They also rank second in the country in scoring defense at 56.3%, and are third in 3-point shooting defense 26.1%
PREDICTION: Texas Tech 67, TCU 63
Big 12 Basketball Betting Odds & Trends
|TCU Horned Frogs|
|TCU is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|TCU is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of TCU’s last 6 games|
|TCU is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of TCU’s last 6 games on the road|
|TCU is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Texas Tech|
|TCU is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Texas Tech|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of TCU’s last 8 games when playing Texas Tech|
|TCU is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech|
|TCU is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of TCU’s last 9 games when playing on the road against Texas Tech|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders|
|Texas Tech is 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 games|
|Texas Tech is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Texas Tech’s last 21 games|
|Texas Tech is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Texas Tech is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Texas Tech’s last 5 games at home|
|Texas Tech is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing TCU|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas Tech’s last 8 games when playing TCU|
|Texas Tech is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against TCU|
|Texas Tech is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against TCU|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas Tech’s last 9 games when playing at home against TCU|
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