Both teams look to extend their winning streaks as the No. 4 Baylor Bears (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) meet the No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) at United Supermarkets Arena. The Bears have won 10 games in a row, while the Red Raiders have won their last five games. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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In the Bears’ last outing, they defeated the Texas Longhorns, 59-44. MaCio Teague was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 5-for-16 shooting. Baylor played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.219 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.2 (above their season average of 36.8). Texas recorded marks of 0.096 and 23.7, respectively, for those same stats.
The Red Raiders come in on a high note after thoroughly outplaying the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their last contest, 85-50. TJ Holyfield had a good game for Texas Tech, putting up 17 points and seven rebounds. Texas Tech dominated every facet of the game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.627 (above their season average of 0.508) and a turnover percentage of 12.3 (better than their season average of 16.9). For those same stats, Oklahoma State was 0.375 and 18.9, respectively.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Red Raiders won the last game 86-61. The Red Raiders dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.5 and a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.556. For those same stats, the Bears were 23.7 and 0.367, respectively.
Points could be at a premium in this meeting between two of the nation’s best defenses. Texas Tech ranks 18th in defensive efficiency (86.9) and Baylor is 11th (85.3). Additionally, the Bears rank 10th in offensive rebounding percentage (37.3 percent), while the Red Raiders rank 21st in defensive rebounding percentage (77.2 percent).
Baylor at Texas Tech ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Under
The Bears average 8.8 steals per game, which ranks 32nd in the country. The Red Raiders rank 77th in steals allowed per game (6.1).
Texas Tech averages 38.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 73rd in the country. Baylor ranks 79th in rebounds allowed per game (33.3).
Texas Tech ranks 18th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while Baylor ranks 153rd (4.8).
The Bears rank 36th in three pointers allowed per game (18.6) while the Red Raiders rank 119th (21.3).
Texas Tech ranks 11th in assists per game (17.5) while Baylor ranks 72nd (14.7).
The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.8, up from 14.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bears have scored an average of 69.8 points per game (5.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 54.8 points per game (4.1 below their season average).