NCAA Betting Lines: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs No 5 Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, February 18, 2012
by Joe Rodriguez
The Jayhawks, who are tied with No. 3 Missouri atop the conference, are in solid contention for their eighth straight league title.
The Red Raiders, by contrast, picked up their first Big 12 victory a week ago. Texas Tech has seven freshmen on its roster, while Kansas is much more seasoned with senior guard Tyshawn Taylor and junior big man Thomas Robinson, a national player of the year frontrunner, leading the way.
- Texas Tech Red Raiders @ Kansas Jayhawks
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 18, 2012
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
TV: 8 p.m. ET, Big 12 Network
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Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-17): There was some hope starting to emerge for the Red Raiders after they walloped Oklahoma at home 65-47 last Saturday, but all that came crashing to a halt in a demoralizing 47-38 home loss to Texas A&M on Tuesday. Texas Tech led 26-17 at halftime but scored only 12 second-half points and mustered only 14 over the final 26 1/2 minutes of the contest. It won't get any easier against Kansas, which is holding opponents to a Big 12-best 61.8 points on 38 percent shooting within conference play. Texas Tech's Big 12 losses have all come by at least eight points.
Kansas Jayhawks (21-5): There is no doubt that Robinson is the Jayhawks' go-to player inside, but 7-footer Jeff Withey has burst onto the scene to help create perhaps the best one-two inside punch in the country. Withey, a redshirt junior, is averaging 20.3 points, 12.0 rebounds and 6.3 blocks over the past three games since being held scoreless in a loss at Missouri on Feb. 4. Withey has 53 blocks in conference play, which is more than twice as many as any other Big 12 player. The inside dominance of Withey and Robinson helps Kansas shoot 48.3 percent from the field.
1. Kansas beat Texas Tech 81-46 in Lubbock on Jan. 11.
2. The Jayhawks have won 19 straight and 88 of their last 89 games at Allen Fieldhouse.
3. In Big 12 play, Taylor (18.5 points per game) trails only Texas’ JCovan Brown in scoring.
BASKETBALL PREDICTION: Jayhawks 78, Red Raiders 51.
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