Texas Longhorns vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/11/14
Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-7) at Texas Longhorns (18-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Frank Erwin Center)
The Line: Texas Longhorns -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 19th-ranked Texas looks to avoid consecutive losses when they host skidding Oklahoma State Tuesday.
The Breakdown: The Longhorns fell to 7-3, but remained in second place in the Big 12 after taking a 74-57 beating at Kansas State Saturday. Texas connected on 18 of 55 from the field and 5 of 13 from outside the arc to the Wildcats’ 28 of 53 from the floor and 8 of 16 from distance. The Horns finished with a 35-29 edge on the boards, but committed 18 turnovers. Freshman G Isaiah Taylor scored a team-high 17 points, including 7 of 7 from the free throw line, sophomore F Connor Lambert had 8 points and 5 rebounds off the bench, and sophomore G Javan Felix added 7 points and 3 boards. On the season, Texas is averaging 76.0 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting. Junior F Jonathan Holmes leads the team in scoring with 13.1 ppg, followed by Taylor at 12.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has suddenly lost its way, dropping from the national rankings for the first time this season after a fourth straight defeat 65-61 at Texas Tech Saturday. The Cowboys now sit in a tie with the Red Raiders for 7th place in the conference. The loss of All-American G Marcus Smart to a three-game suspension for shoving a fan during the game is likely to send Ok State careening even further out of control. The Cowboys edged Tech from the floor 48.6 percent to 48.1 percent and from outside the arc 38.5 percent to 33.3 percent, but committed 15 turnovers. Smart scored a game-high 22 points, including 9 of 10 from the stripe, sophomore G Phil Forte had 15 points off the bench, and junior F Le’Bryan Nash added 12 points. Through 23 games, Ok State is averaging 82.8 ppg on 47.7 percent shooting. Smart leads the team with 17.5 ppg, followed by senior G Markel Brown at 16.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is set at -3 for Texas. This would have been a tough enough outing with Marcus Smart. Without him, the Cowboys don’t appear to have even a puncher’s chance. Look for the Horns to cover.