Oklahoma vs. Texas Pick
Two big rivals meet up in Big 12 action when Texas hosts Oklahoma tonight at 9PM ET. Who has the edge?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Texas is favored at home, as the Longhorns are getting odds of -2.5 points against Oklahoma. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 144.5 points. Oklahoma has won five of its last six meetings with Texas, but the Longhorns have covered the spread in three straight meetings with Oklahoma.
Texas comes in losers of five straight to drop to 7-12 on the season and 1-6 in the Big 12. However, the Longhorns are doing well against the spread. They have covered in three straight and six of their last seven to move to 11-7 against the spread on the season. Texas is averaging just 69.5 points per game on offense but allowing only 68.5 points per game on defense. At home Texas is putting up 74.6 points per game while allowing 66.3 points per contest. Leading scorer Tevin Mack is continuing his suspension but Jarrett Allen is now the team leader with 12.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma is coming off a 92-87 OT loss at home to Iowa State. The Sooners are now 8-10 overall and 2-5 in the Big 12. They have also been good against the spread lately, going 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six. On the season, the Sooners are 8-7-1 against the spread. Oklahoma averages 76.8 points per game while giving up 74.9 points per contest. On the road, Oklahoma is giving up 78 points while scoring just 70. Jordan Woodard is averaging 17.9 points per game to lead Oklahoma while Rashard Odomes is adding 10.6 points per contest.
Neither team has much going for it, but Texas has been competitive and playing hard under Shaka Smart and I expect that to carry the Longhorns tonight. With this game at home and the rivalry being hammered home, I expect Texas to have a strong defensive effort carry them to a win. Oklahoma has struggled to score on the road and Texas is not an easy team to score on.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: TEXAS -2.5