Oklahoma Sooners (10-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (8-3)
|Date & Time||Friday December 21, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -1 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Welsh-Ryan Arena to take on the Northwestern Huskies this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Oklahoma Sooners won their 6th straight game and improved to 10-1 on the season after defeating the Creighton Bluejays, 83-70, this past Tuesday. Oklahoma had no trouble putting up points against the Creighton defense and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 47-33 halftime lead. Oklahoma shot 51.7% from the field and held Creighton to just 23.3% shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Sooners was Christian James who had a double-double with 14 points & 12 rebounds.
On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 76.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 38.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Christian James (18.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), Miles Reynolds (10.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), Brady Manek (10.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Aaron Calixte (8.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg).
Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 37.0% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
The Northwestern Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-3 (0-2 Big 10) on the season after defeating the Chicago State Cougars, 88-46, this past Monday. Northwestern dominated Chicago State on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 61-35 lead with 13:12 left in regulation. Northwestern shot 50.8% from the field while holding Chicago State to just 31.3% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Vic Law who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
On the season, Northwestern is averaging 73.8 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northwestern has been led by Vic Law (18.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 bpg), Derek Pardon (13.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 bpg), Ryan Taylor (11.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), and A.J. Turner (10.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.2 apg).
Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 61.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The Sooners are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games. The Wildcats are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games.
Oklahoma continues to pick up wins and was impressive in their recent 3-game home stretch as the Sooners were able to pick up solid victories over Wichita State, USC, and Creighton. Oklahoma has been led by their defense which ranks 61st in scoring defense & 7th in defensive FG%. Northwestern dropped tough back-to-back losses to Indiana & Michigan to start conference play this season, however, the Wildcats are still a very good team that ranks 15th in scoring defense & 79th in turnover margin. This should be a tight game against two above average defenses, however, as Northwestern has been solid at home ATS as of late, I’m taking the Wildcats to cover this small spread.