No. 3 seed Texas Tech of the Big 12 Conference will trek to San Diego for its West Regional first-round matchup against No. 14 seed Montana State on Friday at Viejas Arena.
The Red Raiders (25-9) have qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year on the back of a stingy defense that ranks 11th in points allowed per game (60.3). Texas Tech has struggled offensively, particularly from beyond the arc, ranking 289th in 3-point percentage (.314).
The game is a classic defense vs offense matchup as Montana State, champion of the Big Sky Conference, enters as one of the most offensively efficient teams in the country. The Bobcats rank 41st in points per game (77) and 27th in field goal percentage (47.5).
Montana State is heading into the Big Dance as one of hottest teams in the nation with 18 wins in its past 20 games.
Texas Tech vs Montana State Odds
Texas Tech vs Montana State CBB gameday odds are provided by Caesars Sportsbook and current as of 11 a.m. ET on Monday, March 14.
- Moneyline: Texas Tech (-1700) vs Montana State (+900)
- Spread: Texas Tech -15 (-110) vs Montana State +15 (-110)
- Over/Under: Over 129.5 (-110) / Under 129.5 (-110)
- Implied Score: Texas Tech 72.25, Montana State 57.25
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Texas Tech vs Montana State Prediction
With all due respect to the Red Raiders, who should be able to do enough to win, the Bobcats should be a handful.
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Montana State has a ton of experience — its three leading scorers are upperclassmen — and given the early start time (10:45 a.m. local time tipoff), the Bobcats could rock the college basketball world if they can hit some shots early.
Montana State +15 is the pick.
Texas Tech vs Montana State Score Pick
Texas Tech 76, Montana State 69
Texas Tech vs Montana State Best Bets
Over 129.5 (-110) at Caesars
WAGER: 1 Unit
We already detailed Montana State’s success scoring, which should prompt the Red Raiders to get into the 70s.
Trust the Over for our CBB bet of the day.
Montana State +8.5 First Half Spread (-110) at Caesars
WAGER: 1 Unit
We already detailed that the Bobcats can be dangerous, especially if they can hit some shots early.
Given that this game is in San Diego, and that the winner will play either Alabama, Rutgers, or Notre Dame, the crowd will be decidedly pro-Bobcats if they can get into an offensive rhythm.
Expect this one to be closer than expected.
Montana State/Texas Tech Double Result (+700) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 0.5 Units
If you’re interested in a long-shot bet, we think this is worth a sprinkle.
Expect the game to be close at halftime.