How to watch
- Kansas State leads the series all-time 26-24 over Texas Tech
- Kansas State is 3-7 in their last 10 matchups against Texas Tech
- The Wildcats are 7-16 on the road in Lubbock
Texas Tech is a seven-and-a-half point over Kansas State head-to-head matchup. Vegas is projecting a close game between the Red Raiders and the Wildcats.
This will be a fairly even-matched game for both teams. Texas Tech has a few bigger wins than K-State has with a recent win over No. 25 Texas who was ranked 20 at the time. The Wildcats have zero wins over ranked opponents going 0-2 losing against then-ranked USC and Miami.
In my opinion, while this is a tough matchup to pick, I am going to take the Red Raiders in this matchup. Texas Tech is riding an eight-game win streak and while Jerome Tang's squad can be scrappy on defense, I think Texas Tech will just barely edge out the Wildcats.
Cam Carter and Tylor Perry have been the top two guys for Kansas State so far this season. Carter is the only returning starter from last year's Elite Eight team and leads the team in points at 250. Perry is a close second in points at 226 and leads the team in three-pointers made at 42.
On the other end, Texas Tech's Pop Isaacs and Joe Toussaint are the Red Raider's top guys. Isaacs leads the team in three-pointers made at 35 and points at 251. Toussiant has played 500 minutes so far this season and is second in points at 214.
As the top scorers on each team, all four of these guys will be keys to both teams.
I again predict the Red Raiders will walk away with the win in this one, but it won't come easily. This will be a physical back-and-forth game with lots of lead changes. Both teams are in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 when it comes to rankings on offense and defense.
I am giving Texas Tech the edge in this one because they have a few more impressive wins this season and a recent one over away at Texas. Even those the Red Raiders are not ranked in the AP top 25, I still think the Wildcats will struggle to close this one out and take their first lose in conference play.