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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: Utah State Aggies (3-1)

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The Red Raiders play Utah State in Cancun at 5:00 PM CST.

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The Red Raiders are coming off their first loss of the season. Texas Tech was down by 19 in the second half and fought back against the Auburn Tigers but ultimately lost 67-65. This game will be a good test to see how this team handles adversity. Will they bounce back with a win or find themselves in a two game rut?

Tune into CBS Sports Network at 5:00 PM CST.

Utah State Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 17.5 F Jalen Moore
Rebounds/Game 5.8 F Alexis Dargenton
Assist/Game 5.3 G Shane Rector
3pt Made/3pt % 7/15, 46.7% F Jalen Moore
Free Throw % 19/25, 76% F Jalen Moore

Forward Jalen Moore is the go-to man for the Aggies. He leads the team in points per game, tied with 3-point shots made, 3-point percentage made, free throws made, and free throws taken. He can get it done from outside and will drive down low. The key for the Red Raiders will be to slow him down.

Last 5 Games

3/10 San Diego St L 71-65
11/11 UC Irvine W 72-56
11/14 NJIT W 93-84
11/19 Idaho State W 85-51
11/22 #17 Purdue L 85-64


Utah State is off to a good start on the year, their only loss came yesterday to #17 Purdue. While the Aggies haven't played any stiff competition, they have to be feeling good as a team. This matchup pits two teams against each other who are coming off of their first loss. Neither team wants to make it two straight losses.

Prediction

Texas Tech 77 - Utah State 69

The Red Raiders are going to be ready to play. Chris Beard isn't afraid to tear into his players, and I'm sure he has them ready to go after what was mostly a sloppy game against Auburn. The line for this game is currently -7.5 in favor of Texas Tech, and I believe they'll cover.