The Kansas State Wildcats (9-16, 2-10 Big 12) visit United Supermarkets Arena to challenge the Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-9, 7-5 Big 12). The Wildcats look to snap their five-game losing streak. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
Kansas State Wildcats at Texas Tech Red Raiders Odds Preview
The Wildcats were beaten by the TCU Horned Frogs in their last matchup, 68-57. Kansas State’s Xavier Sneed put together a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 6-for-12 shooting. TCU was lights out from beyond the arc (15-33; 45.5 percent). Kansas State, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 11.6 (better than their season average of 18.5).
In the Red Raiders’ previous matchup, they were defeated by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 73-70. Kevin McCullar was Texas Tech’s leading scorer with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Oklahoma State did a great job of converting from the free throw line (31-38; 81.6 percent). Texas Tech, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.569 (above their season average of 0.519).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Red Raiders won 77-63. The Red Raiders dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 and a turnover percentage of 19.9. The Wildcats had marks of 26.1 and 28.2, respectively, for those same stats. Kyler Edwards was the game’s leading scorer with 24 points.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Texas Tech should have a significant edge. The Red Raiders defense ranks 39th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.457), while the Kansas State offense is ranked 282nd in effective field goal percentage (0.477). It could also be a mistake-prone game for the offense of the Wildcats, which ranks 301st in ball security (turnover percentage of 21.0 percent). They’ll be going up against the stingy defense of the Red Raiders, which forces the 20th-most turnovers in the country (23.7 percent).
Kansas State vs. Texas Tech ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Kansas State, O/U – Over
The Red Raiders rank 215th in rebounds per game (34.1) while the Wildcats rank 241st (33.3).
Texas Tech ranks 45th in steals per game (7.8) while Kansas State ranks 185th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
The Red Raiders rank 20th in assists per game (15.8) while the Wildcats rank 152nd (12.9).
Texas Tech averages 4.1 blocks per game, which ranks 52nd in the country. Kansas State ranks 153rd in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
The Red Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.6, up from 10.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 60.6 points per game (4.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.8 points per game (4.3 above their season average).