Head coach Chris Beard will lead Texas Tech against West Virginia on Tuesday night. (Photo credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)
Our NCAA basketball betting expert offers the No. 14 West Virginia at No. 7 Texas Tech predictions and best betting picks for the Tuesday matchup at 9 p.m. EST on ESPN.
West Virginia will get into the heart of a four-game run against ranked teams when it hits the road to face the Red Raiders. Texas Tech will look to avenge a Jan. 25 one-point loss to the Mountaineers when the matchup shifts to their home court.
West Virginia vs Texas Tech odds
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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech picks
● Texas Tech money line @ -250 with BetMGM
● Texas Tech to cover -5.5 @ -115 with BetMGM
● Over 141.5 total points @ -110 with BetMGM
West Virginia vs Texas Tech preview and predictions
Read the expert analysis and reasons for our picks below.
McClung and the revenge factor
Texas Tech’s Mac McClung already plays with a chip on his shoulder, and that attitude only will be heightened Tuesday night. West Virginia rallied for an 88-87 victory on Jan. 25, but that was at West Virginia, with Texas Tech holding the home-court advantage now.
Adding to the sense of payback is that McClung (17.2 points per game) is a Virginia native who had family members at the loss two weeks ago. The Red Raiders should win this game, but the question is by how much?
Texas Tech money line
Texas Tech in the flow now
When the Red Raiders lost at West Virginia, they had an eight-day gap between games because of two COVID-19 related postponements. The offense was fine, bettering the team’s season-long field-goal and 3-point shooting percentage, but the defense was off.
Coming off a run of three games in eight days, all victories, expect the Texas Tech defense to improve on the previous game when the Mountaineers shot 57.7 percent from the field and a whopping 63.2 percent from 3-point range.
Texas Tech to cover -5.5
Points still are on the way
Yes, Texas Tech’s defense will be better but that doesn’t mean a grind-to-a-halt game is on the way. Texas Tech and West Virginia combined for 175 the last time they played so confidence from both that they can score still will be there.
West Virginia scores 76.6 points per game and Texas Tech delivers 74.4, so even if both offenses happen to be a tick under their season averages, there still should be plenty of scoring.
Over 141.5 total points
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