Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas-Arlington Mavericks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/17/13
Texas-Arlington Mavericks (4-6) at Oklahoma Sooners (9-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners eye their sixth straight win when they meet Texas-Arlington Tuesday night.
Oklahoma is 9-1 and riding a five-game win streak, including a 101-91 victory over Tulsa in its last outing Saturday. Freshman G Jordan Woodard scored a game-high 24 points and 8 assists and spent the majority of the day at the free throw line, where he connected on 17 of 22. The Sooners opened up a 10-point advantage early, leading 21-10 after five minutes and change, but the Golden Hurricane trimmed the lead to 40-38 by the half. Oklahoma opened the lead back up to 14 at one point in the second half and Tulsa clawed its way back again, eventually cutting the lead to 97-91 with 32 seconds left, but the clock ultimately ran out on the comeback bid. Sophomore G Buddy Hield had 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting and senior G Cameron Clark added 15 points and 8 rebounds. On the season, the Sooners rank 10th in the nation with 88.1 ppg on 47 percent shooting and Clark leads the team with 17.7 ppg on 50 percent from the floor and 46 percent from distance.
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Texas-Arlington, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 4-6 and back to back wins on the heels of a five-game losing streak. The Mavericks took out Houston Baptist 80-70 in their last outing Saturday behind a combined 71 points and 20 rebounds from three players. Senior F Brandon Edwards scored a season-high 31 points on 9 of 13 shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds, junior G Lonnie McClanahan had 22 points and 12 boards and senior G Reger Dowell added 18 points, 1 rebound and connected on 4 of 11 from downtown. Texas-Arlington trailed 33-30 at the half, but stayed within reach and eventually took a 51-49 lead at the 12:23 mark that swelled to a 10-point advantage with under two minutes to play. Through ten games, the Mavericks are averaging 81.5 ppg on 44 percent shooting and Dowell leads the team with 22.2 ppg on 41 percent from the field.
The line in this matchup currently favors Oklahoma by 17 and the Sooners are closing in on Big 12 play with just two non-conference matchups to go after this one so they may be able to take a top 25 ranking with them, considering their only loss thus far was to then #1 Michigan State. They’ve not only been winning, but winning handily, highlighted by a convincing 81-66 win over George Mason about a week ago. Look for that trend to continue here.
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