Texas Tech vs Montana State: 2022 NCAA Tournament West Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech
Feb 28, 2022; Lubbock, Texas, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Bryson Williams (11) greets fans after the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at United Supermarkets Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament First Round: No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. No. 14 Montana State Bobcats

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 18
  • Time: 1:45 p.m. ET
  • Location: Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA
  • TV: TNT
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 3 TTU STAT No. 14 MSU
Big 12 Conference Big Sky
25-9 Record 27-7
71.7 (174th) Points Per Game 77.0 (47th)
60.3 Points Allowed Per Game 68.5
0.6095 (20th) RPI 0.5599 (67th)
15th Strength of Schedule 310th
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Texas Tech leaders:

Mar 11, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Red Raiders forward Bryson Williams (11) blocks out Oklahoma Sooners forward Ethan Chargois (15) during the first half at T-Mobile Center. Mandatory Credit: William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports
  • Bryson Williams, F, SR: 13.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 53.4% FG, 40.5% 3PT
  • Terrence Shannon Jr., G, JR: 10.4 points, 2.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 37.2% 3PT

Montana State leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; Boise, Idaho, USA; Bobcats guard Xavier Bishop (1) during the first half against the Northern Colorado Bears during the Big Sky Conference Championship game at Idaho Central Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
  • Xavier Bishop, G, SR. – 13.9 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 4.3 APG
  • Jubrile Belo, F, JR. – 13.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.8 BPG, 59.0% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • TTU Moneyline: -1600
  • MSU Moneyline: +900
  • Spread: TTU -14.5
  • Over/Under: 139.5
  • ATS Record: TTU 21-13, MSU 17-14-1
  • Over/Under Record: TTU 16-18, MSU 17-14-1

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • You know the deal by now with the Red Raiders. It doesn’t matter that former head coach Chris Beard is gone, this team lives and dies with defense. They are the #1 ranked defense in the country by KenPom and support that with a respectable 64th-most efficient offense in the country.
  • The Red Raiders also want to play slow. They are 211th in adjusted tempo, which is only slightly slower than the Bobcats, who play at the 157th-ranked adjusted tempo. It all means points may be at a premium in this game.
  • However, these Bobcats are not a pushover. They’re in the top-50 in the nation in points per game, thanks, in part, to being 37th in the country with a 36.9% shooting mark from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders, however, are not a particularly good shooting team, ranking 288th with a 31.4% mark from downtown. While Texas Tech does defend well in every facet of the game, they are 63rd in the nation in three-point percentage allowed, so there could be some openings for Montana State to hit from deep. Likely not enough to win the game, but perhaps enough to cover the large spread.

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