The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Oklahoma Sooners meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will look for a big road win to get back to .500 after falling to 6-7 on the year with a 69-63 loss to Iowa State in their last outing. Cameron McGriff and Lindy Waters III each had a team-high 15 points, with McGriff adding a team-leading 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals while Waters III shot 6 of 11 with 3 triples and 5 rebounds. Michael Weathers added 12 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Cowboys in the losing effort. McGriff leads Oklahoma State with an average of 13.7 points and 8 rebounds per game while Isaac Likekele leads the Cowboys in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is scoring 70.6 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 38.6% from behind the arc and 66.4% from the foul line this season.
The Oklahoma Sooners will look to rebound after having their 7-game winning streak snapped after a 70-63 loss to Kansas in their last outing. Brady Manek led the Sooners with 16 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double while Kristian Doolittle added 12 points and 8 rebounds. Christian James chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double of his own while Aaron Calixte chipped in 10 points to finish off the foursome of double-digit scorers for the Sooners in the win. James leads Oklahoma in scoring with 17.4 points per game while Manek leads the Sooners on the glass with 7.8 rebounds per game and Calixte leads Oklahoma in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 75.5 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 66.7% from the foul line this season.
Oklahoma State is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0-1 in their last 6 conference games. Oklahoma is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Oklahoma State is 4-11 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams and 1-9 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams at Oklahoma.
This feels like a lot of points to lay in a rivalry game as 3 of the last 5 and 4 of the last 7 meetings have been decided by 4 points or less. However, these two teams are trending in completely different directions right now, with the Cowboys failing to cover in any of their last 7 games while Oklahoma has gone 11-1 ATS this season, including a cover against Kansas that I had predicted would happen. The Sooners are the better team here in my opinion, and given Oklahoma State’s struggles ATS in this matchup, I think laying the points with the Sooners is the way to go here.