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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys ATS Pick

Time: 7 PM EST Wednesday March 12, 2014, ESPN3

Location: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

The Texas Tech Red Raiders face the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first round of the Big 12 conference tournament.

In their last games: Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State 85-81 in OT and Texas Tech beat Texas 59-53.

In their loss to Iowa State Markel Brown and Marcus Smart combined for 53 points, but the Cowboys did not shoot the ball well overall with a FG% of 41.7%.

The main reason Texas Tech beat Texas was the Red Raiders’ defense, which held the Longhorns to 35.1% shooting.

This season these 2 teams split the season series with the most recent being a 84-62 win by Oklahoma State at home.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Texas Tech snapped their 6-game losing streak with a win over Texas in the season finale.

OSU does have 20 wins, but at 8-10 in Big 12 play they may need to do well in the conference tournament to make the Big Dance.

OSU is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against Texas Tech.

OSU had their 4-game winning streak snapped with a loss in their season finale.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: – Oklahoma State -9.5
Total Line: Off
Money Line: Red Raiders +425 / Cowboys -550

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Texas Tech Red Raiders: 14-17 SU 16-12 ATS
Oklahoma State Cowboys: 20-11 SU 12-14-1 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• TECH is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• TECH is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.
• TECH has an Under record of 20-5-1 in their last 26 games.
• OSU is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
• OSU is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
• OSU has an Under record of 5-2 in their last 7 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Texas Tech Red Raiders: 79.41
Oklahoma State Cowboys: 88.08

Key Player Injuries

[F] 12/31/2013 – Michael Cobbins out for season ( Achilles )

No injuries to report at this time.

Point Spread Pick:

The Cowboys are a solid 4-1 on neutral court but a poor 4-10-1 against the spread away from home. The Red Raiders come into this game after a confidence boosting win over Texas and may give Oklahoma State all they can handle in the Sprint Center. All the pressure is on the Cowboys and if they don’t get up big early the victory could slip away from them.
Take the Texas Tech Red Raiders +9.5

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