Oklahoma Sooners (7-0) vs Providence Friars (7-1)
2023-12-05 19:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Oklahoma Sooners -5.5 -- Over/Under: 143
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The Providence Friars and the Oklahoma Sooners meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Lloyd Noble Center. Providence is a solid 7-1 on the year so far and has won four straight games. The Friars most recently took out Rhode Island on Saturday. As for Oklahoma, they’re undefeated through seven games and are coming off a Thursday win over AR-Pine Bluff. Let’s get into our Providence vs. Oklahoma prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Friars kicked off their season with three straight wins over Columbia, Milwaukee and Wisconsin before taking their first loss of the year in overtime versus Kansas State. Providence got right back to their winning ways after that however, beating Georgia, Lehigh and Wagner in the next trio.
Back on Saturday versus Rhode Island in their latest appearance, the Friars kept their win streak going. The Friars were up by a modest three points at the break, then hit a 49-37 run in the second for an 84-69 win. Bryce Hopkins topped the team on his 24 points and seven boards. Devin Carter doubled up on 17 points with 11 boards as well.
Over on the Oklahoma side, they’ve really only had one close game during this 7-0 run. The Sooners rattled off wins over Central Michigan, Mississippi Valley State, Texas State, UT Rio Grande Valley, Iowa and USC in their first six outings. In the 72-70 win over the Trojans, Oklahoma eked out the win on 50 percent shooting and 36 rebounds.
The Sooners took yet another victory in their last appearance versus AR-Pine Bluff. After jumping out to a 52-34 edge at halftime, Oklahoma posted another 55 points in a 107-86 result. Leading the team in scoring was Otega Oweh on 20 points, four rebounds and three assists.
ANDREW’S FREE PROVIDENCE VS OKLAHOMA PREDICTION
I’ll take a stab on Providence in this one. The Friars are playing pretty great basketball so far this year, but needless to say they haven’t seen a team quite as good as the Sooners just yet. Providence started a bit slow versus Rhode Island in their last outing but ended up shooting 49.2 percent from the field with a 41-36 rebounding edge. The Friars are going to have to get off to a quick start in Tuesday’s game, as Oklahoma will be pouring in the points.
Speaking of the Sooners, they had no issues with AR-Pine Bluff in their last game. Oklahoma has now hit 72 or more points in every game so far, and 79 or more in six of seven outings. Provided the Friars can find a good rhythm and gather a few rebounds I think Providence can follow along on a cover, though.