The Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) host the #3 Kansas Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) in a conference showdown in the Lone Star State. The matchup is the first of two games between these two Big 12 foes this season, with Kansas hosting Texas Tech at the end of February. Kansas leads the all-time series, 41-7.
The conference contest tips off at 9 p.m. EST inside United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Kansas is a 2.5-point road favorite and the over/under total is 139.5 points.
What to Know – #3 Kansas Jayhawks
Kansas has won six in a row heading into the showdown in Lubbock, including a 69-67 victory over Oklahoma State to open up conference play. The defending national champions haven’t missed a beat this season and could return to the top spot in the rankings with a pair of wins this week.
On offense, Kansas pours in 78.1 points per game behind 48.1% shooting from the field and 36/9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks defense limits opponents to 64.5 points per game, 39.4% shooting from the floor, and 31.1% from three. Kansas sits 5th in KenPom’s overall rankings, 14th in adjusted offensive efficiency, and 10th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
The Jayhawks are 5-8 against the spread so far this season and covered in their only true road contest. Kansas is 4-2 ATS in its previous six matchups against the Red Raiders.
What to Know – Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Red Raiders are off to a solid start to begin the year with already ten wins on their resume. Texas Tech opened up Big 12 action with a 67-61 loss on the road at TCU.
Texas Tech scores 80.1 points per game thanks to an offense that hits 50.4% of its shots from the floor and connects on 36.7% from the 3-point line. Defensively, the Red Raiders surrender 62.7 points per game, 39.6% shooting from the field and 30.2% from deep. Texas Tech is 31st in the KenPom rankings, 61st in the adjusted offensive efficiency and 22nd on the defensive side.
Texas Tech is 5-7-1 ATS to begin the 2022-23 season and 3-5 ATS in games played in Lubbock. The Red Raiders have been dominant ATS in January with a 9-1 mark over their recent ten matchups during the month.
The Pick is In
The Jayhawks head on the road for just the second time this season and first time in conference play to a hoist TTU environment. Texas Tech opens up the home portion of their Big 12 schedule, trying to get back in the win column after an opening loss.
Last season when these two teams met in Lubbock, the Red Raiders took care of business in a 75-67 victory over the eventual national champions. Expect similar results on Tuesday, with the Red Raiders coming out strong and keeping this one tight down to the wire.
The Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders +2.5