Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (8-2) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Oklahoma State rebounded nicely from its first loss of the season to Memphis by routing South Carolina 79-52 Dec. 6. The Cowboys shot 44 percent from the field while holding the Gamecocks to just 16 of 45 shooting and essentially had the game under wraps by the halfway point, leading 39-15 at the break. Junior F Le’Bryan Nash had a game-high 16 points on 5 of 7 from the floor and drained 6 of 9 from the free throw line. All-American G Marcus Smart added 13 points, 5 assists and 4 boards, and junior F Michael Cobbins had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Oklahoma State, seeing its first action since losing to Memphis 73-68 in the title game of the Old Spice Classic Dec. 1, used relentless defense to stifle South Carolina early, forcing 24 turnovers and keeping them to a season-low 52 points. Through 9 games, the Cowboys own the nation’s 5th best scoring average at 90.4 ppg on 50 percent shooting and Smart leads the team with 19.7 ppg on 46 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc.
La Tech, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 8-2 and the nation’s 15th-ranked scoring offense at 86.2 ppg. In their last outing Wednesday night, the Bulldogs throttled Northwestern State 93-71 behind an all-around solid performance, shooting 58 percent from the field to the Demons’ 39 percent. La tech also kept its opponent to just 3 of 15 from distance. Junior G Raheem Appleby had a team-high 28 points on 12 of 21 shooting, while junior G Kenneth Smith recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists, and sophomore G Alex Hamilton added 13 points and 4 rebounds. The Bulldogs led 45-34 at the half then broke the game open with a 12-2 run in the middle of the second to open up enough distance for the win. On the sesason, La tech is shooting 49 percent from the field and Appleby leads the team in scoring with 16.8 ppg on 45 percent shooting.
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The line is currently set at -12.5 for Ok State and while this should be a high-scoring affair, there’s really no frame of reference for how good La Tech is. Their two losses were to St. Mary’s and Louisiana-Lafayette and their most impressive win was over St. Bonaventure. And we all know about Ok State, who seem capable of blowing out anyone when everything’s aligned. Look for the Cowboys to cover.
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