Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns Pick-Odds-Prediction 3/1/14
Texas Longhorns (21-7) at Oklahoma Sooners (20-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Oklahoma targets the season sweep when they welcome 24th-ranked Texas to the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Sooners fell to 9-6 for 4th place in the Big 12 after an 83-75 defeat at Kansas Monday. OU was edged from the field 44.6 percent to 44.4 percent and from outside the arc 43.8 percent to 42.9 percent while also conceding a 40-29 advantage on the boards. The Sooners converted 15 of 20 from the free throw line and committed 11 turnovers. Senior F Cameron Clark scored a team-high 18 points on 6 of 15 shooting, sophomore G Buddy Hield had 16 points, including 3 of 6 from downtown, and freshman G Jordan Woodard added 10 points and 6 assists. Through 28 games, Oklahoma is averaging 82.5 ppg on 45.2 percent shooting. Hield leads the team in scoring with 16.7 ppg, followed by Clark at 15.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, the Longhorns sit in a tie for second place in the conference with Iowa State, improving to 10-5 behind a 74-69 victory over Baylor Wednesday. Sophomore G Javan Felix scored a team-high 21 points on 7 of 9 from distance, sophomore C Cameron Ridley had 20 points and 10 rebounds, junior F Jonathan Holmes had 14 points and 8 boards, and freshman G Isaiah Taylor added 13 points and 7 assists. Texas outshot the Bears from the floor 47.5 percent to 36.1 percent and from outside the arc 50.0 percent to 36.4 percent. On the season, the Longhorns are averaging 76.0 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting. Holmes leads the team with 13.3 ppg, followed by Felix at 12.9 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: Oklahoma is currently a 5-point home favorite in this matchup. The Sooners squeaked by Texas 88-85 in Austin and this is essentially for second place in the conference with time winding down on the season. The winning side is a tough call as Texas is likely to come out fired up after getting spanked by Kansas a week ago, but look for a closer game than the spread at the very least.