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Oklahoma vs. Texas - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Longhorns (15-11) at Oklahoma Sooners (16-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)

The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

We have some Big 12 conference college basketball action on the slate Saturday afternoon, as the Texas Longhorns take on the #23 Oklahoma Sooners.

The Texas Longhorns desperately need a win after losing 3 straight and 4 of their last 5 games following a 74-73 double overtime loss to Baylor in their last outing. Mo Bamba led Texas with 16 points with 16 rebounds and 4 blocks for the double-double while Dylan Osetkowski, Matt Coleman and Kerwin Roach II each added 15 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Texas in the loss, with Roach II adding 4 assists and 3 steals while Coleman chipped in 3 assists of his own in the losing effort. Bamba leads Texas by averaging a double-double per game with 13.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while Coleman leads the Longhorns in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas is scoring 72.4 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 31.2% from behind the arc and 66.9% from the foul line this season.

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Oklahoma vs. Texas - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The #23 Oklahoma Sooners desperately need a win of their own after losing 4 straight and 7 of their last 9 games following an 88-78 loss to Texas Tech in their last outing. Christian James led the Sooners with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 4 threes, while Trae Young added 19 points on just 4 of 16 shooting, including 0 of 9 from behind the arc but made up for it by going a perfect 11 of 11 from the foul line with a team-high 6 assists. Kameron McGusty added 13 points on 3 triples while Jamuni McNeace added 11 points with 9 rebounds and 3 blocks to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Sooners in the losing effort. Young leads the Sooners by averaging 29.1 points and 9.3 assists per game while Khadeem Lattin leads Oklahoma with 6.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, the Sooners boast the top scoring offense in the country with 88.4 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 37.8% from behind the arc and 75.9% from the foul line this season.

Texas is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a game where they failed to cover the spread while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Oklahoma is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference matchups. Texas is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Oklahoma. 

Texas isn’t playing overly well lately and the Sooners are a strong team at home SU. However, let’s not act like Oklahoma hasn’t struggled as of late, as the Sooners haven’t covered in any of their last 6 games. Texas has the size to offset Oklahoma inside and if the Longhorns can keep Trae Young in check, I think the Longhorns have a shot at the upset, but I’ll take the points here just to be safe.

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