- Baylor is a 4.5-point road favorite over Texas Tech on Saturday (Jan. 16th, 4 pm EST) in a Big 12 game at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock
- The Bears are 11-0 and have won each game by at least 11 points
- Odds, lines and the spread for Baylor-Texas Tech can be found below along with analysis
Baylor puts its unbeaten record on the line and tries to stay alone in first place in the Big 12 when it visits Texas Tech at 4 pm EST Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock.
#2 Baylor is one of seven remaining unbeaten teams in the nation at 11-0 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12. The Bears have also won five of their last seven against the spread.
#15 Texas Tech is 11-3 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Red Raiders won their last two games ATS after being the losing side in seven straight contests.
Baylor vs Texas Tech Odds
|Baylor||-190||-4.5 (-102)||Over 138.5 (-106)|
|Texas Tech||+160||+4.5 (+120)||Under 138.5 (-114)|
Odds taken Jan. 15 from FanDuel
Butler Paces Baylor
Junior guard Jared Butler rallied Baylor to a 67-49 victory last Saturday at TCU as a 12.5-point favorite.
The Bears fell behind 28-27 at halftime as TCU’s Mike Miles hit a two-thirds court shot at the buzzer.
TCU's Mike Miles got the heave to go down from DEEP for the halftime lead over No. 2 Baylor 🎯
— SI College Hoops (@si_ncaabb) January 9, 2021
When Baylor trailed 19-15, the four-point deficit marked its largest of the season.
However, Butler scored 16 of his season-high 28 points in the second half as Baylor won going away. He was 11 of 17 from the floor and all four of his 3-point field goals came in the second half.
Baylor was five for nine from 3-point range after halftime after going 1 for 10 in the first half.
In his previous game, Butler scored a season-low six points against Oklahoma on 2-of-8 shooting. Butler leads Baylor in scoring with a 16.4 average to go with 5.4 assists and 2.4 steals a game.
Baylor's Jared Butler with 28-8-4 and 5 steals vs. TCU over weekend. So good at creating finish angle on drives. Loves the hesi into quick dribble move combo to freeze defender.
So far this season, shooting 43% 3PT, assist rate up to 32% from 23%. pic.twitter.com/tY63NooQAQ
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) January 11, 2021
Senior guard MaCio Teague added 12 points and junior guard Davion Mitchell scored 10 against TCU. Teague is scoring 15.6 points a game and Mitchell has averages of 11.5 points, 6.4 assists and 2.4 steals.
Butler (32.2) and Mitchell (31.9) have two of the top assists rate in the nation.
Baylor held TCU to 33% shooting and is allowing just 61.2 points a game, which is the 13th best mark in the country. Conversely, the Bears are third in scoring at 89.0 points a game while shooting 50.9% from the field and 42.8% from beyond the arc.
Big Road Win for Tech
Texas Tech is coming off a big road win as it downed Texas 79-77 on Wednesday in Austin as a one-point underdog when Mac McClung hit a long 2-point field goal with three seconds left. It was first time the Red Raiders had ever beaten a top-five team on the road.
McClung had a game-high 22 points. The junior guard has been hot lately, averaging 19.3 points over his last four games, raising his season average to a team-best 15.9.
Mac McClung vs Jared Butler in a Big 12 showdown tomorrow 🍿‼️
— B/R Hoops (@brhoops) January 15, 2021
Sophomore guard Kevin McCullar added 16 points, sophomore guard Terrance Shannon Jr. scored 14 and senior forward Marcos Santos-Silva finished with 12.
Shannon is second on the team in scoring with a 13.0 average and is pulling down 5.6 rebounds a game. McCullar is averaging 11.4 points and 6 rebounds.
Texas Tech beat Texas despite its defense having its worst half of the season when the Longhorns scored 48 points in the opening 20 minutes. However, the Red Raiders allowed just 29 points in the second half, giving McClung a chance to win it.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 14, 2021
Texas Tech is seventh nationally in scoring defense at 59.4 points a game and is allowing an opponents’ field goal percentage of 39.2.
Baylor Swept Series in 2019-20
Baylor has won four its last five games against Texas Tech, including both last season, 57-52 on the road as a 3.5-point underdog and 71-68 at home as a seven-point favorite.
Mitchell had 14 points in the first game and was the only Baylor player to score in double figures. In the rematch, Butler scored 17 points and had three steals.
Each of Baylor’s wins this season have been by at least 11 points but Texas Tech played the Bears tough last season. Look for the Red Raiders and their defense to at least keep things close again in 2020-21.
Pick: Texas Tech +4.5 (-120)
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