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No surprise, Super Bowl 54 is expected to shatter sports betting records. With 13 states now accepting legal sports bets in time for this weekend’s game, this will be the most people who have immediate access to place a legal bet on the game in its 54 years.
Assuming a record is broken this weekend (which it will), that record most likely won’t last long. As long as more states continue to legalize sports betting (especially mobile), more people will have access to placing wagers and record betting numbers will continue to fall.
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#12 West Virginia vs Texas Tech (-2) – 8:00 PM
The West Virginia Mountaineers (16-3) head to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-7). West Virginia has now won their last two games after losing to Kansas (84-68) back on January 18th. The Mountaineers got two blowout wins against Texas (97-59) and Missouri (74-51). Texas Tech is now on a two-game losing streak after falling to Kentucky 76-74 in their last game.
West Virginia and Texas Tech are two very similar teams. Both teams excel defensively and are just slightly above average on the offensive end. The Mountaineers are 123rd in points scored per game. They are just an average team shooting from the field (165th) but struggle from three (307th) and even worse from the line (331st). West Virginia’s defense has allowed the 11th-fewest points per game this season. They defend well from all over the court as they are second in both FG% and 3PT% allowed.
Texas Tech’s offense is 137th in points per game despite shooting better than West Virginia in all three areas. The Red Raiders are 143rd in FG%, 235th in 3PT% and 40th in FT%. The reason Tech is a lower scoring team despite shooting better is because of their slow-tempo. Texas Tech likes to play that “Virginia-style” basketball that I have talked about a lot where they slow the game down and rely on limiting possessions and playing sound defense. The Red Raiders are 34th in points allowed per game.
Texas Tech is one of the 20 slowest-paced teams in the country while West Virginia is the 64th-fastest paced team in terms of possessions per 40 minutes. In a tough conference game, I like the home team here to control the tempo and have the better game. The Red Raiders are 9-2 at home with their two losses coming to Baylor and Kentucky by a combined seven points. Tech plays well at home and I expect that to continue as they get a win and cover in this game. Formula predicts Texas Tech takes this one 67-62.