Texas vs. Oklahoma - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma Sooners (10-3) at Texas Longhorns (12-2)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns play Monday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
The Oklahoma Sooners have won six of their last seven games and play their third true road game. On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 73.9 points on 44.5 percent shooting and is allowing 59.7 points on 36.1 percent shooting. Buddy Hield is averaging 16 points and two assists while Isaiah Cousins is averaging 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds. TaShawn Thomas is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ryan Spangler is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners rely on their length, as they’re grabbing nearly 41 rebounds and producing 4.8 blocks per game. Offensively, Oklahoma is shooting 73.4 percent from the free throw line and 33.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Oklahoma is forcing 14.2 turnovers and has allowed no more than 69 points this season.
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The Texas Longhorns have won five of their last six games and play their third ranked opponent. On the season, Texas is averaging 72.1 points on 45.4 percent shooting and is allowing 55.5 points on 33.7 percent shooting. Isaiah Taylor is averaging 13.3 points and 2.8 assists while Jonathan Holmes is averaging 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds. Myles Turner is grabbing seven rebounds and Javan Felix is shooting 43.2 percent from the field. The Texas Longhorns are also a long team that’s averaging close to 44 rebounds and more than seven blocks per game. Offensively, Texas is shooting 72.7 percent from the line and 35.3 percent from deep while the defense is forcing 9.6 turnovers per game. The Texas Longhorns are 8-1 SU this season on their home court.
The Sooners are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12. The Longhorns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Sooners are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Texas and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
In a rivalry game, I have to take the points. I also think the Sooners are the better team, as they have more balance with an offense that doesn't go long stretches without scoring. Oklahoma has a shot to win outright.