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Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Favorites vs. Utah State Aggies March Madness Round 1

Utah State Aggies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders March Madness Betting

Two years ago, coach Chris Beard led Texas Tech to the national championship.  As a result, Beard became one of the hottest coaching prospects in the country.  This week Indiana fired head coach Archie Miller.  Beard is being touted as one of the top candidates to take over.  But Beard has deep ties to Lubbock.  Including an 11-year run as a Red Raiders assistant coach.  Utah State has an impressive head coach in their own right.  Craig Smith is leading the Aggies to March Madness betting action for the second time in two seasons that the tournament is played.

Utah State Aggies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Information

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: 1:45 p.m. ET
Location: Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana
TV Coverage: TNT

Utah State vs. Texas Tech Betting Odds

Utah State +4½ (-110) 132 (-110) +170
Texas Tech -4½ (-110) 132 (-110) -200
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Utah State Aggies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders CashBet Wagering Analysis

Texas Tech will draw the majority of top online sportsbook wagering action.  Cause by casual gamblers being much more familiar with them.  A Final Four appearance two years ago has a way of resonating with the masses.  Utah State is not well known by most bettors.  Sharps love the Aggies for that very reason.  Utah State combines being good with being profitable.  Further, many wiseguys believe that the wrong team is favored in this game.  Those in the know are frustrated with Texas Tech’s inability to get the money.   Utah State emulates Texas Tech’s strict defense-oriented approach.

Guns Down for Tech as Wreck vs. The Odds This Season

Overall, Texas Tech brings a 2021 March Madness betting record of 17-10 straight up, 10-17 against the spread, and 12-15 under the total.  Tech has failed to cover their last two games. And then four of their previous five went under the total.  Texas Tech ranks 127th for scoring offense but 27th out of 350 teams for points allowed.  In sum, the Red Raiders finished 6th in the Big 12 standings.

Junior Mac McClung leads Texas Tech with 15.7 points per game.  Last season he averaged that same exact point total.  McClung was named second-team All-Big 12 for 2021.

Aggies Make Money as Quiet Sharp’s Value

Late on, Utah State has covered two of their last three-bet on NCAA basketball matchups.  And the Aggies have gone under the total in five straight games.  Utah State finished second in the Mountain West Conference standings.  San Diego State beat Utah State 68-57 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament title game.  In like manner to Texas Tech, the Aggies rank 101st for scoring and 24th for points allowed.  Utah State ranks an impressive 7th for offensive and 17th for defensive rebounding.

Junior center Neemias Queta leads Utah State with 15.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game.  On the whole, this has been the best season of his career.  He has scored in double-digits in his last 13 games.  Further, Queta has double digits for rebounds in eight of his previous nine outings.  Queta was named first-team All-Mountain West for 2021.

Utah State Aggies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Against the Spread

Texas Tech is 9-14 against the spread as a favorite.  However, the Red Raiders have covered five of their last nine non-conference games.  In neutral site games, Texas Tech is 2-5 on the board.

Utah State is 6-9 on the board in non-conference games.  Specifically, as dogs, the Aggies are 3-5 vs. the line.  And in neutral site games, Utah State is 7-8 vs. the odds.

This is the first meeting between these two teams.

Utah State Aggies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders CashBet Free Pick  

On this occasion, Utah State is a capable 2021 March Madness Betting dog.  The Aggies can match the Red Raiders defensively.  Most important of all, Utah State is a proven money winner.  By contrast, the Red Raiders were a terrible board value this season.

Utah State vs. Texas Tech CashBet Best Bet: 

Utah State Aggies


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