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Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Oklahoma Sooners - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oklahoma Sooners (5-2) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2:30 pm (Reynolds Center)

The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS Sports Network

Oklahoma Sooners will travel to the Reynolds Center to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes this Saturday afternoon.

The 16th ranked Oklahoma Sooners cruised to a 82-63 victory against the Missouri Tigers a little more than a week ago to improve to 5-2 on the season.  The Sooners used a 15-0 run to start the second half to put the game out of reach. Leading the way for Oklahoma was Ryan Spangler who had 18 points on 7-8 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds. On the season the Sooners have been led by Buddy Hield (16.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 rpg), Isaiah Cousins (12.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg) and Ryan Spangler (10.0 ppg, 8.9 rpg). The Sooners are known for having one of the more explosive offenses in the country, however, they are really turning heads this year with the drastic improvement they’ve shown on the defensive side of the ball. Defensively, they are holding opponents to 61.3 ppg (ranked 89th) on 36.2% shooting (ranked 25th). The Sooners are pulling down 31.71 defensive rebounds per game which is ranked 1st in the country. Offensively, the Oklahoma is scoring an average of 71.9 ppg (ranked 111th) however, will look to improve their FG% as currently they are shooting only 42.1% (ranked 229th). The Sooners are a great free-throw shooting team as they are currently shooting 74.3% from the line on the season (ranked 35th).

Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Oklahoma Sooners - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane notched an impressive victory against the Creighton Blue Jays in early December, however, suffered a major setback this past Wednesday when they lost 69-66 to the Division II Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm. Tulsa allowed Southeastern Oklahoma State to shoot 48.8% from the field and 47.6% (10-21) from three-point range. The Golden Hurricane really struggled on the offensive end as they only shot 34.8% (22-36) from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from long-range. On the season, Tulsa have been led by James Woodard (14.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg), Shaquille Harrison (11.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), and Rashad Smith (6.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg). Tulsa has struggled on the offensive end this season as they are averaging only 64.9 ppg (ranked 234th) on just 41.6% shooting. Tulsa hasn’t done well setting each other up on the offensive end as they are averaging just 10.6 apg as a team (ranked 288th). The Golden Hurricane haven’t taken much advantage at the free-throw line this season as they are shooting just 63.6% from the line which ranks 287th in the country. Defensively, Tulsa has done a decent job as they are holding their opponents to 62.0 ppg (ranked 107th) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 100th).

The Sooners are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Golden Hurricane are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games.

Tulsa will be looking to get back on track after losing to a Division II team, however, playing the Oklahoma Sooners is probably not the answer the Golden Hurricane was looking for. If Oklahoma continues to play defense like they’ve displayed so far this season, this will be a very tough team to beat. I can’t see Tulsa staying close in this one and I’m going to take Oklahoma to cover in this one. Take the Sooners.  

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