Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/12/14
Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-11) at Oklahoma Sooners (18-6)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Texas Tech looks for three in a row when they visit the Lloyd Noble Center Wednesday to square off with Oklahoma.
The Breakdown: The Red Raiders improved to 4-6 for 7th place in the Big 12 behind their 65-61 road victory over then #19 Oklahoma State Saturday. Tech connected on 25 of 52 from the floor and 4 of 12 from outside the arc to the Cowboys’ 18 of 37 from the floor and 5 of 13 from distance. The Red Raiders matched Ok State on the boards 24-24 and forced 15 turnovers. Senior F Jaye Crockett had a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds, junior F Jordan Tolbert scored 9 points on 4 of 8 shooting, and sophomore G Toddrick Gotcher added 8 points. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 71.7 ppg on 46.6 percent shooting. Crockett leads the team in scoring with 14.7 ppg, followed by Tolbert at 11.0 ppg.
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Oklahoma, meanwhile, dropped out of the national rankings this week, but sit in third place in the conference with a record of 7-4. The Sooners come in off a decisive 88-72 victory over Baylor Saturday, in which they shot an accurate 53.6 percent from the floor and 48.3 percent from beyond the arc to the Bears’ 42.4 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from distance. OU also finished with a 35-30 rebounding edge and converted 14 of 19 from the free throw line. Sophomore G Isaiah Cousins scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, sophomore G Buddy Hield had 19 points, including 5 of 8 from downtown, and senior F Cameron Clark added 16 points. Through 24 games, the Sooners are averaging 83.8 ppg on 45.3 percent shooting. Hield leads the team with 17.0 ppg, followed by Clark at 15.8.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -9.5 for Oklahoma. The Sooners handed Texas Tech a 9-point loss when these two got it on a couple weeks ago in Lubbock. The Sooners desperately need consistency, having been bounced from the top 25 twice now after brief appearances. Look for a closer game than the line, though.