9:05 pm
January 24

#18 Texas Tech @ #7 Kansas

Who will WIN this matchup?

#18 Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-4)

@ #7 Kansas Jayhawks (16-2)


Current odds:

Texas Tech Red Raiders: (+260)

Kansas Jayhawks: (-320)


The line for this game is Kansas by 7.5 points.

When Texas Tech began turning heads early in Big 12 play, leading scorer Terrence Shannon was dealing with an injury and did not play. Now, with Shannon healthy and coming off a season-best 23 points, the No. 18 Red Raiders (15-4, 5-2 Big 12) have a rematch with one of the elite teams they knocked off earlier, visiting No. 7 Kansas (16-2, 5-1) on Monday night in Lawrence, Kan.

Texas Tech continues to chase first-place Kansas, which rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to win 78-75 Saturday against last-place Kansas State in what has become an incredibly deep conference.

Shannon, who averages a team-best 12.8 points as part of a balanced attack, said the time off renewed his spirit.

As for the grit of his teammates, “We’re jelling pretty good. Nobody’s selfish. Everybody just wants to win,” Shannon said. The Red Raiders allow 59.1 points on 37.8 percent shooting and boast four double-digit scorers.

Kansas also happens to jell reasonably well. The Jayhawks used a career-high 29 points from the Big 12’s top scorer, Ochai Agbaji (20.4), and a 45-23 advantage on the glass to maintain their slim conference lead by edging Kansas State, a team that has defeated Texas Tech.

After watching the Jayhawks perfect a late switch to a triangle-and-two defense that did not yield any points over the final three minutes, Kansas coach Bill Self described the comeback in Manhattan as a potential “statement win” for the Jayhawks.

David McCormack and Jalen Wilson added double-doubles for the Jayhawks, while combining for 29 points and 25 rebounds. Agbaji and Wilson netted 24 and 20 points in the previous meeting against Texas Tech on Jan. 8, though McCormack played just 13 minutes and scored four points.

Bryson Williams posted 22 points and eight boards to pace Texas Tech, which forced 17 turnovers in the first meeting.

StreakSmarter Pick
#7 Kansas Jayhawks