There are some teams who will head into the tournament on a roll, while others will back in and make it by the skin of their teeth. Most will argue that simply getting there is all that really matters, but as we have seen countless times in the past, across every major sport, heading into the postseason with momentum very often means making a deep run. The reality is that no-one really remembers what a team did in the regular season, no matter how good they were or how great their regular season record was. People remember the champions, which is why the Baylor Bears need to try to bounce back and finish strong this week and next before heading into the tournament as one of the higher seeds. It has not been a great couple of weeks for Baylor, but they can still shift the momentum back in the right direction, starting with a win on home court against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Monday night. This is by no means an easy game against a Texas Tech team that will almost certainly be taking part in March Madness. Baylor is favored by 7 ½, with the point total set at 130. Let’s see how the College Basketball odds will be for the Texas Tech vs Baylor.
Texas Tech vs Baylor 2020 College Basketball Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Monday, March 2 at 9 PM EST
- Where: Ferrell Center, Waco
- TV: ESPN
- NCAAB Odds: Texas Tech +7.5 / Total 130
Why bet on the Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are coming off a rough week where they lost back to back games to fall to 9-7 in Big 12 Conference play. While the losses hurt, the outcome is not that surprising when you consider just how competitive it has been in that conference all season long. Kansas and Baylor are well out in front, with the rest of the pack all bunched together, including the Red Raiders currently sitting in 3rd in the Big 12. That run means that Texas Tech are now 18-11 on the season, but they also have just 2 wins in their last 5 games. They have not had much joy playing in Waco, going 1-7 SU in their last 8 on the road against Baylor. While they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games, the Red Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 played in the month of March.
- Total Score: 72.41
- Field Goal %: 45.45
- Three Point %: 36.1
- Free Throw %: 75.61
- Total Rebounds: 33.21
- Total Score: 63.17
- Field Goal %: 40.91
- Three Point %: 30.77
- Free Throw %: 69.93
- Total Rebounds: 32.9
Why bet on the Baylor Bears
After a long run of games where the Baylor Bears looked to be unbeatable, they have come a little unglued at perhaps the worst time in the season. A loss to Kansas a couple of weekends back was not a total disaster and not entirely unexpected, but a 75-72 loss to TCU this past weekend is one that is going to sting for a minute. That loss means that Baylor are now probably not going to even get a share of the Big 12 regular season title, but it also means that they need to get their mojo back before the tournament begins. The Bears are 13-1 SU at home this season, which helps here, and they have still been a decent bet against the spread, covering in 12 of their last 17 games.
- Total Score: 71.39
- Field Goal %: 43.15
- Three Point %: 35.18
- Free Throw %: 69.49
- Total Rebounds: 37.36
- Total Score: 59.29
- Field Goal %: 39.17
- Three Point %: 31.02
- Free Throw %: 68.21
- Total Rebounds: 33
Texas Tech vs Baylor Betting Trends
- Texas Tech are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas Tech’s last 6 games.
- Texas Tech are 5-12 SU in their last 17 games against Baylor.
- Texas Tech are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
- Baylor are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baylor’s last 6 games.
- Baylor are 18-2 SU in their last 20 games.
- Baylor are 13-1 SU in their last 14 games at home.
Texas Tech vs Baylor Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While I like the Baylor Bears to get back to winning ways on Monday night, this might well prove to be a game that they are going to need to gut out to win, which is why I think the Red Raiders might just cover the spread.
Texas Tech Red Raiders 71 Baylor Bears 75