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How and what to watch for No. 14 West Virginia vs. No. 7 Texas Tech

The best game on the board tonight brings two teams that defend at a high level together in Lubbock.

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Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Clarence Nadolny works the ball against Oklahoma Sooners guard Elijah Harkless in the second half at United Supermarkets Arena.  Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The best game on Tuesday night in college basketball is a Big 12 battle between the the No. 7 West Virginia Mountaineers and the No. 14 Texas Tech Red Raiders in what should be a physical, defensive battle.

WVU (13-5, 6-3 Big 12) has won four-straight in the Big 12, which is possibly the best conference in the country. Forward Derek Culver is one of the nation’s top rebounders at 10.3 per game, and Miles McBride adds 15.8 points per game from the backcourt. What separates this team from the Mountaineers of the past is the offensive efficiency, which is 13th in Division I when adjusted for the schedule.

Texas Tech (14-5, 6-4 Big 12) lost 88-87 in Morgantown earlier this year, and will be favored at home. They’ve won three in a row, and force a turnover on one out of every four possessions by their opponent, good for seventh in college basketball. Georgetown transfer Mac McClung is one of the best players in the conference, averaging 17.2 points per game and adding 2.4 assists per outing as well.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch West Virginia vs. Texas Tech on Tuesday, February 9th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Texas Tech -6
Point Total: 140
Money line: West Virginia +215, Texas Tech -265

  • The total has gone over in seven of eight WVU games, and in seven of ten Texas Tech games.
  • WVU is 9-9 ATS this year, with Texas Tech 7-12

The Best Bet

This should be a good one, but WVU’s ability to rebound might be the difference. It should come down to who can make the most open threes, as many college games do, and that’s a skill this Bob Huggins team has for the first time in a while. Six is just too many here.

Pick: WVU +6

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