Oklahoma Sooners vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/27/14
Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-3) at Oklahoma Sooners (16-4)
College Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 25th-ranked Oklahoma looks for its fourth straight victory against #11 Oklahoma State Monday in Norman.
The Breakdown: The Sooners are tied with Texas for 2nd place in the Big 12 with a record of 5-2 and have reeled off three straight, including a 74-65 handling of Texas Tech Saturday. Oklahoma was in front for the bulk of the game, but the Red Raiders made a late run in the second half to close within 4 points before the comeback bid was turned away with just over five minutes remaining. The Sooners shot 50 percent from the field and hit 7 of 18 from distance, while keeping Tech to 27 of 54 from the floor and just 4 of 14 from outside the arc. Sophomore G Buddy Hield had a team-high 18 points, including 4 of 7 from downtown, and senior F Cameron Clark added 17 points. On the season, Oklahoma ranks 13th nationally with 83.8 ppg on 45.4 percent shooting. Clark leads the team with 17.0 ppg, followed by Hield at 16.7 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is in third place in the Big 12 with a record of 4-2 and comes in off an 81-75 victory over West Virginia Saturday. The Cowboys shot 44.1 percent from the field and junior F Le’Bryan Nash had a game-high 29 points to go along with 9 rebounds. Ok State was edged out on the boards 41-36 by the Mountaineers, but held them to 36.8 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers. Senior G Markel Brown scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while sophomore G Phil Forte added 13 points and 5 steals off the bench. Through 19 games, Ok State is averaging an 11th-ranked 84.3 ppg on 48.1 percent shooting. Sophomore G Marcus Smart leads the team with 17.1 ppg, followed by Brown at 16.5.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -3 for Oklahoma State. Smart struggled against WVU, going 3 of 14 from the field and 0 of 6 from downtown, which can’t happen against a good team if the Cowboys expect to win. Oklahoma has proven to be one of those teams, but look for Ok State to cover behind a big game for Smart.