Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-1) at Oklahoma Sooners (12-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Texas Tech Red Raiders and Oklahoma Sooners meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for a statement win to build on their eight-game winning streak. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are averaging 81.1 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 59.2 points on 37.4 percent shooting. Keenan Evans is averaging 17.2 points and 3.6 assists while Zhaire Smith is averaging 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Jarrett Culver is the third double-digit scorer and Niem Stevenson is grabbing three rebounds. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost nine of their last 10 road games.
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The Oklahoma Sooners look for their 13th victory of the season while remaining unbeaten at home. The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging 94.4 points on 50.2 percent shooting and allowing 81.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 29.4 points and 10.2 assists while Christian James is averaging 12.6 points and 4.3 rebounds. Brady Manek is the third double-digit scorer and Kameron McGusty is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners are shooting 40.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma Sooners are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.1 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma Sooners have won 10 straight home games.
The Red Raiders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. Big 12 and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 vs. Big 12 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Red Raiders are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Oklahoma, the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
This line has jumped up quite a bit since it opened at -2, but I'm still going to back the Oklahoma Sooners. Texas Tech has shown its capable of playing with the big boys, as it already has a road win over Kansas, and the Red Raiders are highly experienced. However, at home, with this explosive offense, Oklahoma has the ability to bury teams early when those shots are falling. Expect the Sooners to ride the home crowd and get hot offensively. I'll eat the two buckets.