Texas Tech Raiders vs. Alabama Crimson Tide
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Wednesday in college basketball action. The Crimson Tide are -10 point favorites over the Red Raiders.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost two of their last three games and this is their eighth home game of the season thus far. Billy Gillespie is looking to show the crowd in Lubbock that he has what it takes to turn the Red Raiders program around. As a team Texas Tech is averaging 80.3 points, 12.7 assists, and they are shooting 46.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.4 points, 12.9 assists, and their opponents are shooting 45.7 percent. Jaye Crockett is averaging 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds, Josh Gray is averaging 11.9 points, and Dejan Kravic is averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. The toughest part of Texas Tech’s schedule is in front of them and in their first real test this year they lost to Arizona by 18.
The Alabama Crimson Tide started the season by winning their first six games but they have lost their last three games. Alabama has played the 36th ranked schedule in the nation but they need to get some positive m0omentum heading into their SEC schedule which begins against Missouri on January 8th. As a team Alabama is averaging 68 points, 12.7 assists, and they are shooting 44.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 59.8 points, 9.8 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.6 percent. Trevor Releford is averaging 15.9 points, Rodney Cooper is averaging 13.5 points, and Trevor Lacey is averaging 13.4 points. Alabama is a talented team and none of their three recent losses came against a slouch.
Texas Tech is 5-17 against the spread in their last 22 non-conference games, 1-4 against the spread in their last five games overall, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Alabama is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 5-12 against the spread following a game they didn’t cover the spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games against the Big 12.
This line looks just a little too big and while Alabama is the better team and likely wins, it should be closer than the number.
Texas Tech Red Raiders +10 Alabama Crimson Tide