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Texas vs. Texas Tech NCAAB Odds and Preview – February 27th, 2024

By Hank Blaine

Unranked Texas is on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble as things stand, but the Longhorns would get a huge resume boost on Tuesday night in Big 12 action with a win at formerly ranked Texas Tech to avoid the season sweep. The Red Raiders are comfortably in the Dance.

On Jan. 6, Texas Tech visited Texas and rolled 78-67. Pop Isaacs had a game-high 21 points and Warren Washington and Joe Toussaint scoring 15 points each. Tech finished the road game with only nine turnovers, went 28-for-53 (52.9) from the field, hit seven 3-pointers, and made 15-for-21 at the free-throw line to overcome a 38-27 rebounding disparity. The Red Raiders have now won five of their last six games against the Longhorns. TTU overcame the rebounding discrepancy by limiting the Longhorns to just 6-for-18 on 3-pointers (33.3%) and only 9-for-14 on free-throw attempts. Tyrese Hunter led Texas with 20 points, while Max Abmas had 18 points and five assists.

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Game Information

  • When: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 at 9:00 pm ET
  • Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: KVET-AM 1300 The Zone (Texas) // Double T 97.3 FM (Texas Tech)
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • NCAAB Betting Odds: Texas (-3.5) // Texas Tech (+3.5)

Why Bet on the Texas Longhorns?

The Longhorns (17-10, 6-8 Big 12) haven’t won back-to-back games in weeks and will not have a chance here as they come off an 86-67 loss at No. 9 Kansas on Saturday as all five KU starters scored in double figures. KU separated midway through the first half with a 12-0 run to take a 28-15 lead, which was highlighted by two dunks.

Johnny Furphy back cut on a defender and threw it down between two Longhorns which started the run. Two minutes later, Nicolas Timberlake leaped over Dylan Disu for an alley-oop slam from Harris on a two-on-one fast break. The crowd erupted and Kansas used that momentum to distance themselves and take a 45-25 lead at halftime. The Jayhawks outscored Texas 52-34 in the paint, which led to Kansas shooting 32-of-52 (62%) from the field. Texas shot 26-of-62 (42%) from the field. UT allowed opponent team season-tying highs in points (86) and field goals made (32-52).

“I give Kansas a lot of credit tonight because they played at a very elite level,” Texas coach Rodney Terry said. “They were ready to play and I didn’t do a great job of having my guys ready to play as far as what it takes to play at a place like this.”

Junior guard Tyrese Hunter and sophomore forward Dillon Mitchell each posted 12 points for UT. Hunter converted 4-of-8 field goals, including 3-of-6 from three-point range, and added four assists and two steals in 34 minutes. Mitchell hit 6-of-10 field goals and grabbed four rebounds while adding two assists and two steals in 20 minutes. Graduate guard Ithiel Horton also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points in 27 minutes.

Texas is 3-7 this year against AP-ranked opponents, including a 2-4 mark in true road games. The three victories came against No. 9 Baylor at home (75-73 on Jan. 20), at No. 11 Oklahoma (75-60 on Jan. 23) and at No. 25 TCU (77-66 on Feb. 3). Texas is 3-4 in Big 12 road contests.

In Texas’ 17 wins overall, the Longhorns have held their opponents to an average of 62.1 ppg on a combined 39.3-percent FG shooting, including a 32.2-percent mark from three-point range. During UT’s 10 losses this year, the Longhorns have allowed 79.9 ppg on 48.4-percent FG shooting, including a 37.4-percent mark from three-point range.

Why Bet on the Texas Tech Red Raiders?

Texas Tech (19-8, 8-6) was upset at Central Florida on Saturday, 75-61 – it’s just so hard to win on the road in the Big 12 – to fall out of the Top 25. What was a tight game for 30 minutes became the second-largest margin of victory in school history over a ranked opponent thanks to a late 20-3 run from UCF. Texas Tech hit a pair of threes and added a free throw in the final 62 seconds, but all was academic at that point as UCF snapped its four-game losing streak.

UCF imposed its will around the basket on Saturday evening, outscoring Texas Tech 32-12 in the painted area. The Knights also won the turnover battle, coughing up the ball less than 10 times for the fifth straight game. The Black and Gold forced 14 turnovers and had 11 steals, the 10th time this season earning double-digit steals.

Darrion Williams led the Red Raiders with 19 points and 11 rebounds to record his eighth double-double of the season, while Kerwin Walton hit four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points. The team played without guard Chance McMillian (10.1 ppg) but he could return Tuesday.

In the Texas Tech-Texas series, the Red Raiders have won 7 of the last 10 and 13-of-20 after going on the road and knocking off the Longhorns in this season’s Big 12 opener. The Red Raiders have won three straight over the Longhorns in Lubbock (37-29 all-time), including a 74-67 win over Texas last season on Feb. 13, 2023 when the Longhorns were ranked No. 6 nationally.

TTU is 14-1 at home this season. Tech is 14-0 when holding opponents under 70 points overall. The Red Raiders are 4-1 in games decided by five points or less with the only loss coming in a 75-72 loss to Cincinnati at home.

Texas vs. Texas Tech Betting Trends

  • Texas is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
  • Longhorns are 3-9 SU in their last 12 games on the road.
  • The total went over in 10 of Texas’ last 14 games.
  • Texas Tech is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games.
  • Red Raiders are 14-6 SU in their last 20 games.
  • The total went over in 8 of Texas Tech’s last 11 games.

Texas vs. Texas Tech Expert Prediction

Texas Tech takes the win.

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