Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/8/14
Texas Longhorns (11-3) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline:The 11th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys look to rebound after dropping their Big 12 opener when they host the Texas Longhorns Wednesday.
The Breakdown: Ok State plummeted five spots from the #6 ranking this week after opening conference play with a 74-71 upset loss at Kansas State Saturday for its second defeat of the season. The loss of both junior big man Michael Cobbins to a season-ending injury and freshman G Stevie Clark after his arrest on possession of Marijuana charges New Year’s Day have raised concerns that the team’s depth has taken a hit. Sophomore Kamari Murphy replaced Cobbins in the post against K-State and had 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks, essentially matching Cobbins’ season averages, but his ascension to the starting lineup has also left a void in the backup role. And freshman G Stevie Clark’s 7 points and 3.7 assists per game off the bench were sorely missed when sophomore G Marcus Smart got into foul trouble in the second half. Junior F Le’Bryan Nash was the high man with 20 points and 6 boards on 50 percent shooting, while senior G Markel Brown added 16 points and 9 rebounds, including 12 of 14 from the foul line. Despite struggling at both ends of the floor, the Cowboys still had a chance to tie it when Smart missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Through 14 games, the Cowboys rank 14th nationally with 85.7 ppg and 11th nationally with a.49 field goal percentage. Smart leads the team with 17.0 ppg on 46 percent shooting.
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Meanwhile, Texas also dropped its Big 12 home opener Saturday to Oklahoma 88-85. The 11-3 Longhorns outshot the Sooners from the field 50 percent to 42 percent, but were outrebounded 39-28. Sophomore G Javan Felix had a game-high 28 points and 5 assists on 10 of 19 shooting, and junior F Jonathan Holmes added 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. After trailing 43-39 at the break, Texas used a 10-2 run to jump on top early in the second half and surged to a 64-57 lead with 9:08 remaining. OU stayed within reach, however, and took the lead for good at the 1:43 mark. On the season, the Horns rank 52nd nationally at 78.8 ppg, 10th with 42.3 rpg and Holmes leads the team with 13.2 ppg on 53 percent shooting.
Rick's Pick: The line in this matchup s currently set at -13.5 for Ok State, way too high a price in my humble opinion. The Cowboys are scrambling for answers after losing a good chunk of their bench and although Cobbins and Clark didn’t account for much scoring, the intangibles lost were evident against K-State. Ok-State’s at home, though, and won’t lose straight up, but the points look like the play here.
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