CS-Bakersfield vs. Oklahoma Prediction
Some big favorites didn't fare well on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament but is Oklahoma a safe bet to cover today versus CS-Bakersfield at 4:00PM ET?
After opening as a 13.5-point favorite, the Sooners are now -14.5 to top the Roadrunners according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv. The total, meanwhile, sits at 140 points after opening at that same exact number.
Bettors that like to hammer the favorites got mixed results on Thursday. While Virginia (-23), Kansas (-24.5), Indiana (-11) and Kentucky (-13.5) all covered as double-digit favorites, Duke (-10), Miami (-14) and UNC (-22.5) all failed to cover big numbers.
Is Oklahoma a safe bet to cover today versus CS-Bakersfield? The answer, despite the Sooners playing in Oklahoma today, is no.
Down the stretch the Sooners had problems with opponents who liked to pressure on defense and that's what they'll see from the Roadrunners today. If Oklahoma has difficulties beating the press, then this game will be tight from start to finish.
The Roadrunners have covered the spread in 13 of their last 16 games overall and are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games, while the Sooners are winless at 0-5 at the betting window in their last five games and are just 1-5 ATS in their last six NCAA Tournament contests.
FRIDAY NCAA TOURNAMENT FREE PICK: CS-BAKERSFIELD ROADRUNNERS +14.5