Texas Tech vs Kansas College Basketball Odds Picks & Predictions: The top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks [-17½] get set to make their Big 12 Conference Tournament debut as they take on the sports betting odds underdog Texas Tech Red Raiders [+17½]. This Big 12 quarterfinal matchup is scheduled to tipoff at 12:30 PM ET (11:30 AM CT) live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. According to what College Basketball Odds makers are posting about this game’s OVER/UNDER, the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas Jayhawks are expected to combine and score a grand total of 148 points today.
For Kansas, the memory of last year’s very early exit is still very much present in the minds’ of its players. Coming into the Big 12 Conference Tournament as the haunted ones, the Jayhawks will try to avoid a monumental upset in the first game of the conference tourney. After capturing their fifth straight Big 12 regular season title, Bill Self’s team was ousted by Baylor, 71-64.
“We are a lot better basketball team than we were last year,” Self said. “Last year if one guy out of two did not play well, we probably did not have a great chance to win. This year it has been proven that we probably have enough depth and balance.”
For the ninth seeded, Red Raiders, they’re coming in an 82-67 win over Colorado in the tourney’s opening round. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Texas Tech. the last time these rivals met, Kansas left no doubt as to who the better team was with an 89-63 rout.
“Yeah, it’s going to be tough,” Red Raiders coach Pat Knight said. “It’s like comparing my win/loss record to my old man’s. It’s going to be tough. (But) you get a chance to play the No. 1 team in the country. A lot of funny things happen in these conference tournaments.”