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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: #5 Baylor Bears (18-1, 6-1)

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Can the Red Raiders pull off the upset in Waco?

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Texas Tech is coming off of an ugly beating at the hands of Oklahoma State. The Cowboys picked up their first Big 12 win of the season, and now the Red Raiders are looking to bounce back. Texas Tech hasn't lost two games in a row this season, but next up is #5 Baylor. Baylor is on an absolute tear this season and have only one loss to West Virginia. Can Texas Tech pull it off in Waco, or will Baylor roll to win number 19?

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Baylor Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 15.7 F Johnathan Motley
Rebounds/Game 9.6 F Johnathan Motley
Assist/Game 4.4 G Manu Lecomte
3pt Made/3pt % 35/89, 39.3% G Manu Lecomte
Free Throw % 53/65, 81.5% G Manu Lecomte

Johnathan Motley is an absolute beast for Baylor. He's .4 rebounds a game shy of averaging a double-double a game. Along with Motley, guard Manu Lecomte is another great player. He's second on the team when it comes to scoring and averages 4.4 assists per game. Lecomte has also taken the most three-point shots of any Bear and is just short of making 40% of those shots. The Red Raiders will have their hands full when it comes to trying to slow down these two.

Last 5 Games

1/7 Oklahoma State W 61-57
1/10 #10 West Virginia L 89-68
1/14 #25 Kansas State W 77-68
1/17 Texas W 74-64
1/21 TCU W 62-53

Baylor has beaten some very good teams this season including Oregon, Michigan State, Louisville, and Xavier. The Bears have only one loss on the season and that was a lopsided game against West Virginia, but besides that Baylor has looked great. Texas Tech will more than likely look to slow the game down which favors their style of play, but either way it's going to be a tough matchup.

Prediction

Texas Tech 59 - Baylor 67

The Red Raiders haven't lost two in a row yet, but I'm afraid that comes to an end. Baylor is great team and looking like a #1 seed at the moment. On the other hand, if Texas Tech can pull off the upset the win will look great on their resume. Baylor is currently favored by 10.5, and I like Texas Tech's odds to cover that.