Two teams usually known for their prowess in football have shocked many this year by becoming favorites to finish at the top of the Big 12 standings in basketball.
The Longhorns have won out many close games this year on their way to being the #4 team in the country while a couple losses have dropped Texas Tech to #18 but they are still dangerous nonetheless and you would be dumb to count them out in this matchup on Wednesday in Austin.
Texas Tech vs Texas Schedule
- Where: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
- When: Wednesday, January 13, 9:00pm ET
- How to Watch: ESP2
Texas Tech vs Texas Preview
Longhorns really the 4th Best Team in the Country?
The Longhorns are 10-1 on the year but five of their wins came with less than a seven point margin of victory. A win is a win of course, but basketball fans have to ask themselves if this team is just getting lucky at this point to win out these games versus teams their ranking suggests they should be blowing out, or is it more impressive they win down the stretch?
Either way you cannot deny this team’s success thanks to an efficient scoring core. The Longhorns have four players that average double figures in points per game, but the real kick starter to their offense is guard Matt Coleman III. Coleman kickstarts the Texas scoring with the old saying “good defense leads to good offense” as he leads the team in steals which he quickly turns into his own points, averaging 13.6 a game while also giving guys a chance to score leading the team in assists as well.
Raiders Playing Better Than Their Ranking
While I am questioning if the Longhorns really deserve the #4 spot, I think the Red Raiders deserve better than #18. Baring the bad overtime loss to Oklahoma State, their only other two have been to two other ranked teams including just a two point loss to #5 Kansas at the time.
Like Texas, Texas Tech also has four scorers averaging double figures, but their name of the game in years past has been the three-pointer and they are struggling with it this year. The team is just shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc forcing them to perhaps adjust their offense with just two months to go before March Madness.
What I really love about this team though is their defense. They are giving up less than 60 a game and are averaging a crazy seven steals as well. This is a sign of good coaching as their adjustments to the defensive side of the ball have made up for the lack of made three pointers to keep them in games.
Texas Tech vs Texas Pick & Prediction
Unpopular, but I am going with the upset on the road in this one and taking Texas Tech. The Longhorns have been playing on thin ice barely winning out games and this streak will finally come to an end against a fundamentally sound team like the Red Raiders.
If the Tech defense can do to Matt Coleman what they have been doing to most of the teams they have played so far this year, I don’t see why they can’t expose Texas and make them play from behind to prevent them from winning another close game.
Texas Tech 73 — Texas 70