Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/4/14
Oklahoma Sooners (11-2) at Texas Longhorns (11-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Longhorns Network
The Texas Longhorns host the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday as both head into conference play inching towards the Top 25.
Texas enters its Big 12 slate with a record of 11-2 and winners in four of five, rebounding from a 92-78 home loss to #5 Michigan State Dec. 21 to stifle Rice 66-44 one week later. The Longhorns shot 45 percent from the field while holding the Owls to a season-low 29 percent and 6 of 29 from beyond the arc. Texas was dominant in the paint, outrebounding Rice 22-11 in the first half and outscoring them 18-6 in the paint. Junior F Jonathan Holmes scored a game-high 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting and grabbed 6 boards, while sophomore C Cameron Ridley added 14 points on 4 of 9 from the field and hit 6 of 7 from the stripe. On the season, the Horns average 78.3 points per game on 44 percent shooting and Holmes leads the team with 13.1 ppg on 52 percent from the floor and 42 percent from distance.
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Oklahoma, meanwhile, also comes in at 11-2, but just snapped a seven game wining streak with a 102-98 overtime loss to Louisiana Tech Monday. The Sooners let the game slip away in the last minute of overtime, squandering a four point lead with under a minute to go, leading to an eight point swing that gave the Bulldogs the win. Senior G Cameron Clark had a team-high 26 points and 8 rebounds on 8 of 19 from the field and hit 9 of 10 from the stripe. Sophomore F Ryan Spangler added 20 points and 13 boards and made 6 of 9 from the line. Through 13 games, OU ranks 5th nationally at 87.2 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Clark leads the team with 18.5 ppg on 49 percent from the field and 50 percent from distance.
Texas is currently a 6 point home favorite in this one and the only real measuring stick—both having played Michigan State—would be a good one if their losses to the Spartans would be separated by more than three points. Outside of that comparison, the Horns did take out a deep North Carolina side and the Sooners have no wins over ranked teams, which is enough for the lean.
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