Oklahoma vs. UTSA - 12/4/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UTSA Roadrunners (5-4) at Oklahoma Sooners (5-1)
College Basketball: Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -22 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on the hardwood as the UTSA Roadrunners take on the Oklahoma Sooners in a college basketball matchup on Monday night.
The UTSA Roadrunners will look for a road upset to avoid falling back to .500 after dropping their last outing against Utah Valley by a final score of 88-80. Keaton Wallace led the team with 21 points on 8 of 17 shooting with 3 threes and 5 assists, while Nick Allen and Deon Lyle tied for 13 points apiece to round out the scoring in double figures for the Roadrunners in the loss. Allen added a team-high 7 rebounds, while Lyle went 5 for 10 from the floor with 3 triples of his own. Giovanni De Nicolao added 7 points along with a team-high 7 assists and a pair of steals in the loss for UTSA. Jhivvan Jackson is the team’s leading scorer this season with 16.1 points per game while Byron Frohnen is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.8 rebounds per game and the aforementioned De Nicolao is the Roadrunners’ leading assist man, dishing out 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UTSA is scoring 85.8 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 45.7% from behind the arc and 36.4% from the foul line this season.
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The Oklahoma Sooners will look to build on their strong 5-1 start to the year and their current 3 game winning streak following an 82-72 win over North Texas last time out. Trae Young had a monster outing, putting up 32 points on 10 of 18 shooting with 6 triples, 10 assists and 3 steals for the double-double. Khadeem Lattin came 2nd with 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 9 rebounds, falling one board shy of a double-double and rounding out the double-digit scoring for the Sooners in the win. Christan James added 7 points, 4 assists and 3 steals of his own while Brady Manek chipped in 7 rebounds in the win. Young leads OU with an average of 28.8 points and 8.8 assists per game while Lattin leads the team in rebounding with 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is scoring the 3rd-most points per game in the country with 94 per game, on 51.5% shooting from the field, 35.8% from behind the arc and 75.7% from the foul line this season.
UTSA is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games while the over is 7-1-2 in their last 10 road games. Oklahoma is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 games following a win.
As dynamic as the Sooners’ offense has been this season, they’ve already been a favorite of 20 or more points 3 times this year, and have failed to cover in any of those outings including a 10-point win over North Texas as a 29-point favorite. The Sooners are winning games, but not covering, which is all I really care about in this line of work. UTSA isn’t a world-beater by any means, but they’re 4-1 ATS this season and can hang offensively so I’ll take a chance with UTSA and the points in this one.