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How and what to watch for No. 18 Texas Tech vs. No. 3 Baylor

We break down everything you need to know for Sunday’s college basketball matchup between No. 18 Texas Tech and No. 3 Baylor. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

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Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler (12) drives the lane on Oklahoma State Cowboys forward Kalib Boone (22) and guard Avery Anderson III (0) during the first half at Ferrell Center. Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday afternoon, the No. 18-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders will travel to Waco to take on the No. 3-ranked Baylor Bears at 4 p.m. ET ESPN. The last time these two teams played each other, the Bears won 68-60 on Jan. 16 in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders (17-8, 9-7 Big 12) have won three-straight games and could move up in the Big 12 standings before conference tourney play begins. On Thursday Texas Tech defeated the Iowa State Cyclones 81-54 in dominating fashion. Mac McClung led the way with a game-high 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. He was one of five Red Raider players, who scored in double-figures. McClung is the heart and soul of this Texas Tech squad, averaging 16.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.

The Bears (20-1, 12-1 Big 12) have won two-straight games after losing to the Kansas Jayhawks on Feb. 27. Baylor defeated the surging Oklahoma State Cowboys 81-70 on Thursday night. With the win, the Bears clinched the regular-season title as they had four players in double figures. Jared Butler was the team’s leading scorer with 22 points (8-14 FG, 4-7 3pt), five assists, three rebounds, and three steals.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 18 Texas Tech vs. No. 3 Baylor on Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will also be available via live stream at ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers. If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for the live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Baylor -8
Point Total: 139
Money line: Baylor -300, Texas Tech +400

  • The Red Raiders do not inspire much confidence as they are 6-14 in their last 20 games against the spread. They are also 1-4 ATS in their last five road contests and the point total has gone under in four of Texas Tech’s last five games.
  • Baylor does not fare well ATS when they are the favorite with a record of 2-4 in their last six games. The point total has gone over in eight of Baylor’s last nine games.

The Best Bet

This should be a good game between the Red Raiders and Bears on Sunday afternoon. Both teams are playing well at the right time with the tourney looming. Baylor trying to come away with their fifth-straight win over Texas Tech. But it will be tough as this Red Raiders’ team is only allowing teams to shoot 34.6 percent from the field in their last three games.

The last time these two teams played Baylor won by eight points and the spread for that game was -4. I think the Bears will win it but this Red Raiders’ team will keep it close in the second half.

Pick: Texas Tech +8

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