Oklahoma Sooners (16-8) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (21-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday February 13, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -8.5 -- Over/Under: 156
The 23rd ranked Oklahoma Sooners will travel to the United Supermarkets Arena to take on the 7th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 23rd Oklahoma Sooners lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 16-8 (6-6 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa State Cyclones, 88-80, this past Saturday. Oklahoma struggled from beyond the arc throughout the game and although they fought back to tie the game at 77-all with just 2:13 left in regulation, couldn’t pull off the much-needed road win after an 9-0 Cyclones run gave Iowa State gave Iowa State an 86-77 lead with only 0:41 seconds left in regulation. Leading the way for the Sooners was Trae Young who had a double-double with 22 points, 11 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 88.8 ppg on 47.8% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 10.1 ppg on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Trae Young (29.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 9.4 apg, 1.9 spg), Christian James (11.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Brady Manek (11.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg), and Khadeem Lattin (7.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 2.3 bpg). Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing their opponents to average 82.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 2.2 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The 7th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders won their 6th straight game and improved to 21-4 (9-3 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 66-47, this past Saturday. Texas Tech put on a defensive clinic against Kansas State and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 56-39 lead with just 6:12 left in regulation. Texas Tech held Kansas State to 28.9% shooting from the field and 17.6% (3-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Raiders was Keenan Evans who had 19 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block, and 5 steals. On the season, Texas Tech is averaging 76.2 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas Tech has been led by Keenan Evans (18.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Jarrett Culver (11.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Zhaire Smith (10.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.3 bpg), and Niem Stevenson (6.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Texas Tech is holding their opponents to an average of 62.0 ppg on 39.0% shooting from the field. The Red Raiders have a rebound margin of 4.7 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
The Sooners are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Tuesday games however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Red Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 6-2 ATS in their 8 games following a ATS win.
Oklahoma has one of the more exciting players in Trae Young however, the Sooners have struggled as of late as they have lost 6 of their last 8 games and has really struggled on the defensive end as they rank 336th in scoring defense and 179th in defensive FG%. Texas Tech has bounced back nicely over the past three weeks after losing 3 of 4 in mid-January and have been led by their defense that ranks 5th in scoring defense and 7th in defensive FG%. Texas Tech is a perfect 15-0 at home this season and as I think the Red Raiders defense will be able to contain Trae young, I’m taking the Sooners to cover this spread at home.