The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) will try to extend their five-game winning streak against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-7, 4-3 Big 12) at Allen Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks ATS Preview
The last time the Red Raiders played, they were victorious over the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers, 89-81. With 23 points and seven rebounds, Terrence Shannon Jr. had a good outing for Texas Tech. Texas Tech played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.663 (above their season average of 0.500) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.0 (above their season average of 29.3). For those same stats, West Virginia recorded marks of 0.421 and 34.3, respectively.
The Jayhawks come in on a high note after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their last outing, 65-50. Kansas was lifted by Christian Braun, who led the team in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting. The Jayhawks held the Cowboys to an effective field goal percentage of 0.297 (below their season average of 0.470). The Cowboys had a free throw rate of 0.188 (below their season average of 0.232).
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 contest 91-62. The Red Raiders dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 and a turnover percentage of 11.5. The Jayhawks put up marks of 19.2 and 19.6, respectively, for those same stats.
This showdown pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Kansas ranks 21st in offensive efficiency and Texas Tech ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency. Moreover, the Red Raiders rank 30th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.280), while the Jayhawks rank 12th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.154).
Texas Tech vs. Kansas Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Texas Tech, ATS Winner – Texas Tech, O/U – Over
The Red Raiders rank 60th in steals per game (7.7) while the Jayhawks rank 126th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
Kansas ranks 27th in blocks per game (4.9) while Texas Tech ranks 77th (3.8).
Texas Tech ranks 62nd in three pointers allowed per game (19.7) while Kansas ranks 246th (25.4).
The Jayhawks rank 50th in rebounds per game (38.8) while the Red Raiders rank 165th (35.3).
Texas Tech ranks 20th in assists per game (16.3) while Kansas ranks 92nd in assists allowed per game (11.9).
The Jayhawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.0, down from 15.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Raiders have scored an average of 73.2 points per game (0.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (4.0 above their season average).