The Texas Longhorns (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) look to prolong their seven-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Oklahoma Sooners (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) at Frank Erwin Special Events Center. The game starts at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and will air on ESPN2.
Oklahoma Sooners at Texas Longhorns Betting Prediction
The Sooners come in on a high note after topping the Kansas State Wildcats in their last matchup, 66-61. The Sooners knocked down 23 of their 29 free throws (79.3 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 27.8 (above their season average of 22.6). Kristian Doolittle played a key role for Oklahoma with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
In the Longhorns’ last game, they were beaten by the No. 6 Baylor Bears, 59-44. Making free throws was one of Baylor’s biggest advantages. They were 14-16 (87.5 percent), while the Longhorns were just 5-15 (33.3 percent). With 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting, Jericho Sims was Texas’ high scorer.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will go head-to-head for the first time this year. The Sooners won the last contest 69-67. The Sooners had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.3 vs. 18.9) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.534 vs. 0.492).
When looking at effective field goal percentage, Texas figures to have a significant edge. The Longhorns defense ranks 39th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.446), while the Oklahoma offense is ranked 268th in effective field goal percentage (0.480).
Oklahoma at Texas Free Pick
Free Prediction: ATS Winner – Oklahoma, O/U – Over
Texas ranks sixth in three pointers allowed per game (15.8) while Oklahoma ranks 266th (28.4).
The Sooners rank 74th in rebounds per game (38.6) while the Longhorns rank 227th (33.7).
Texas ranks 16th in assists allowed per game (9.3) while Oklahoma ranks 102nd (12.1).
The Sooners rank 42nd in steals allowed per game (5.5) while the Longhorns rank 73rd (5.9).
Oklahoma allows the 34th-fewest blocks per game (2.5) while Texas ranks 59th (2.8).
The Sooners’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 5.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Longhorns have scored an average of 65.6 points per game (1.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.6 points per game (1.9 above their season average).