Oklahoma Sooners vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-6) at Oklahoma Sooners (8-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners eye their fifth consecutive victory when they host Tulsa at the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday.
Oklahoma is 8-1 and on a tear since dropping its only contest to then top-ranked Michigan State in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Nov. 23. The Sooners have won each of their four games since by a minimum of 14 points, including a commanding 81-66 victory over George Mason in their last outing Sunday. Senior G Cameron Clark scored a game-high 22 points on 9 of 20 shooting and snagged 10 rebounds, while sophomore F Ryan Spangler, a Gonzaga transfer, added 13 points and connected on 5 of 6 from the line. Oklahoma trumped a horrid 1-12 showing from beyond the arc with a solid 48 percent from the field and staunch defense, holding the Patriots to 19 of 63 from the floor and 7 of 28 from distance. The Sooners also dominated on the boards, outrebounding George Mason 51-29, and in the paint where OU held a 50-20 scoring advantage. Oklahoma led by as many as 14 points in the first half and saw its lead dwindle to 38-31 at one point in the second half before going on a 10-point run that put them up for good. Through 9 games, OU is averaging 86.7 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Clark leads the team with 18 ppg on 50 percent from the floor and 45 percent from distance.
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Meanwhile, Tulsa comes in with a record of 3-6 and off a 78-64 win over Arkansas-Little Rock Tuesday behind a 15-0 run midway through the second half, putting away a closely contested matchup that saw seven lead changes to that point. Sophomore G James Woodard had a game-high 19 points on 5 of 13 shooting and hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc, and sophomore G Shaquille Harrison added 13 points, 7 assists and connected on 7 of 8 from the stripe. On the season, the Golden Hurricane is averaging 72.2 ppg on 43 percent shooting and Woodard leads the team with 13.4 ppg on 41 percent from the floor and 43 percent from distance.
The line in this one is currently set at -12 for Oklahoma, which is just about a tossup. Tulsa played two ranked teams pretty tight in Creighton and Witchita State, losing by 10 and 13. And while OU has been blowing teams out, they haven’t faced anyone outside of Michigan State. It’s just a lean, but the points look like the play.
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