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Oklahoma vs. Texas - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Texas at Oklahoma
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Lloyd Noble Center
Norman, OK
The Line
Oklahoma Sooners -4 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | Texas at Oklahoma
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The Texas Longhorns will travel to the Lloyd Noble Center to take on the Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Texas Longhorns improved to 15-11 (7-6 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Oklahoma State Sooners, 69-57, this past Saturday. Texas was outstanding defensively against the Cowboys and had no trouble securing the victory in the 2nd half after entering halftime with a 38-27 lead. Texas shot 48.9% from the field while holding Oklahoma State to just 37.7% shooting from the field and 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Kerwin Roach II who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Texas is averaging 71.7 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Kerwin Roach II (15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Jaxson Hayes (10.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.3 bpg), Dylan Osetkowski (10.1 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 spg), and Matt Coleman III (10.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.5 apg). Texas will be without Kerwin Roach II who is currently suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

Defensively, Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 66.1 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Oklahoma Sooners snapped their 5-game losing streak and dropped to 16-10 (4-9 Big 12) on the season after upsetting the TCU Horned Frogs, 71-62, this past Saturday. Oklahoma outplayed TCU on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 59-49 lead with 5:16 left in regulation. Oklahoma shot 50.0% from the field while holding TCU to just 35.4% shooting from the field and 28.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sooners was Kristian Doolittle who had a double-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and a block.

On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 71.2 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Christian James (15.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Brady Manek (11.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Kristian Doolittle (9.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Aaron Calixte (7.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 apg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 1.6 and are averaging 3.5 blocks per game.

The Longhorns are 5-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Big 12 opponents. The Sooners are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS win.

Texas has won 4 of their last 6 games and currently rank 208th in scoring offense, 50th in scoring defense, and 91st in defensive FG%.

Oklahoma has lost 7 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked 229th in scoring offense, 72nd in scoring defense, and 20th in defensive FG%.

Texas has been playing some solid basketball as of late and although their defense is still going to be strong, losing Kerwin Roach II is a major blow to an offense that can already struggle to put up points. Oklahoma picked up a much-needed win against TCU and between the fact that the Sooners defense should give Texas trouble and that Oklahoma is starting to get some solid offensive production from Kristian Doolittle, I’m taking the Sooners to cover this home spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Oklahoma Sooners -4

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