Oklahoma at Texas
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
Frank Erwin Special Events Center
Texas Longhorns -4 -- Over/Under: 135
The Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Frank Erwin Special Events Center on Saturday night.
The Oklahoma Sooners will look to rebound after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games following a 74-61 loss to Kansas State in their last outing. Christian James led the Sooners with 20 points on 5 of 12 shooting with a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 7 rebounds and a pair of steals while Rashard Odomes added 17 points on 8 of 10 shooting as the only other double-digit scorer for Oklahoma in the losing effort. Kristian Doolittle added 7 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as well in the loss for Oklahoma. James leads the Sooners with an average of 17 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Calixte leads Oklahoma in assists with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 73.6 points per game on 44.5% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the 3-point line and 66.3% from the foul line this season.
The Texas Longhorns will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak after a narrow 80-78 loss to Kansas last time out. Matt Coleman III led the ‘Horns with 16 points on 7 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 8 assists while Kerwin Roach II added 13 points with 3 triples and 4 assists. Jase Febres added 12 points with 4 threes while Dylan Osetkowski contributed 11 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Courtney Ramey added 10 points on 3 of 7 shooting with a pair of threes, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to round out the scoring in double figures for Texas in the loss while Jericho Sims added 7 boards as well in the losing effort. Roach II leads Texas in scoring with 13.5 points per game while Osetkowski leads the Longhorns on the glass with 8.1 rebounds per game and Coleman II leads Texas in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Texas is averaging 71.5 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 33% from behind the arc and 68.1% from the foul line this season.
Oklahoma is 5-0-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 conference games. Texas is 5-12 ATS in their last 17 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Oklahoma is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Oklahoma really burned me against Kansas State so I’m a bit hesitant to jump right back on board with the Sooners, especially when they’ve had issues with Texas over the last couple of years. However, these two teams have a history of playing each other close, with 5 of the last 7 meetings being decided by 5 points or less and if this game comes down to the wire, I simply trust Oklahoma’s offense more than I do Texas. I’ll concede that the Longhorns are the better team defensively, but sometimes Texas relies too heavily on that defense and can go on lengthy scoring droughts. The Sooners have also played well on the road, notching a cover or push in each of their 5 lined road games this season, so I’ll take a shot with Oklahoma and the points in what should be another close game.