Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners - 1/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma Sooners (13-7) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Gallagher-Iba Arena to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Saturday night.
The 24th ranked Oklahoma Sooners improved to 13-7 (4-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 81-36 this past Wednesday. Oklahoma held Texas Tech to just 21.2% from the field and 17.6% (3-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Sooners was Ryan Spangler who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Oklahoma is ranked 33rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 18th ranked SOS. On the season, the Sooners have been led by Buddy Hield (17.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg) and Isaiah Cousins (12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Oklahoma is averaging 72.9 ppg (ranked 67th) on 44.4% shooting (ranked 124th). The Sooners average 7.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 110th) and shoot 73.1% from the free-throw line (ranked 41st). Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 61.6 ppg (ranked 70th) on 37.3% shooting (ranked 10th). The Sooners are holding teams to just 30.0% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 30th) and pull down 39.1 total rpg (ranked 22nd).
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 14-6 (4-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 20th ranked Baylor Bears 64-53 this past Tuesday. Oklahoma State held Baylor to just 34.5% shooting from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Phil Forte III who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. Oklahoma State is ranked 32nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 37th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cowboys have been led by Phil Forte III (17.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 spg) and Le’Bryan Nash (17.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg). Offensively, Oklahoma State is averaging 68.9 ppg (ranked 139th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 134th). The Cowboys average 7.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 86th) and shoot 71.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 85th). Defensively, Oklahoma State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.4 ppg (ranked 33rd) on 38.3% shooting (ranked 23rd). The Cowboys average 5.2 bpg (ranked 28th) and 8.6 spg (ranked 16th).
The Sooners are 22-8-1 ATS in their last 31 Saturday games however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cowboys are 39-13-2 ATS in their last 54 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 61-29-4 ATS in their last 94 home games.
Oklahoma got back on track with a dominated defensive performance against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Outside of Oklahoma’s big win at Texas, they’ve struggled on the road so far in conference play this year. Oklahoma State has shown that they can get it down on the defensive end this year while relying on Phil Forte III and Le’Bryan Nash to provide the offensive production. This is a tough game to call as it’s a rivalry game, I banking that it will be close at the end in which I’ll want to the points. I’m probably staying away from this one but if I had to make a pick I would take Oklahoma and the points.