Planning on watching today's Bearkats and Red Raiders game? Catch the action at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX, as the Red Raiders hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 141 points, and the Red Raiders are the home favorites against the Bearkats in a non-conference matchup.

SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS VS TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Sam Houston State Bearkats +17

This game will be played at United Supermarkets Arena at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 28th.

WHY BET THE SAM HOUSTON STATE BEARKATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-67 in favor of the Red Raiders.
  • Even though we have Texas Tech winning straight-up, we like Sam Houston State at +17.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can the Bearkats Grab a Win on the Road?

Heading into today's game, the Bearkats have a 6-7 record after losing to Grand Canyon (76-64). On the road, they are 3-5 this season while they are 0-1 at home. At the moment, Sam Houston State has a winning ATS record of 5-4. In their last ten games, Sam Houston State has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Sam Houston State have had an average of 144.6 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 138.9 points. Their over/under record is 6-3-0. The Bearkats' last five games have finished with a combined 137 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.

Against Grand Canyon, the Sam Houston State had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 71.1 points per game. They scored 64 points and posted a field goal percentage of 41.8% in the game. The top scorer for the Bearkats was Davon Barnes with 11 points, while Lamar Wilkerson also chipped in with 10 points.

On defense, Sam Houston State is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.7 points per game. In today's game vs. Texas Tech, the Sam Houston State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Sam Houston State made 17 free-throws vs. the Bearkats.

Will Texas Tech Pull Through as the Favored Home Team?

After playing 11 games, Texas Tech has a 9-2 overall record. In their last ten home games, Texas Tech has an 8-2 record, which includes games from last year. As of today's game, Texas Tech has a current against the spread (ATS) record of 3-5 for the season. In home games this season, Texas Tech is 1-2 vs. the spread. In their last ten home games, Texas Tech is 4-6 vs. the spread.

Through 11 games, Texas Tech has an over/under record of 3-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 138.5 points per game so far. The Red Raiders have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 154 points per game and an over/under record of 4-1.

The Red Raiders' offense wrapped up their last game with 76 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 75.7 points per contest. The team's top scorer is Joe Toussaint, who enters today's matchup with an average of 14.8, while Pop Isaacs also carries a PPG average of 14.5 into the game.

At present, the Red Raiders' defense is nationally ranked 82nd, allowing 66.7 points per game. In their previous game vs. Vanderbilt, the Commodores finished with a field goal percentage of 35% and a total of 54 points vs. Texas Tech.