It is a big-time showdown in the Big East when the No. 16 ranked Texas Longhorns take on the No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners on Thursday. Get the latest odds and information for this contest at BetMGM Sportsbook.
Texas Downs Iowa State
The Texas Longhorns (15-7, 9-6 in the Big 12) jumped out to a 10-point lead over Iowa State before closing out the 81-67 victory. It was a big night for Kai Jones who led the team in points with 17 and rebounds with eight. Courtney Ramey added 14 points and seven boards.
Texas had a big evening as a team, shooting 51.0% from the field, including 45% from the three-point range (9-20). They were outstanding from the free-throw line as well, connecting on 20 of 23 attempts.
Texas has been outstanding offensively, averaging 75.1 ppg (84th). They are shooting 44.8% from the field and 34.4% from the three-point range. Texas has done a great job on the glass, averaging 36.4 boards per game and they are allowing 68.5 points per contest.
The Longhorns are led in scoring by Andrew Jones who is averaging 14.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest. Three other players on the team are averaging in double digits.
Oklahoma Falls At Oklahoma State
The Oklahoma Sooners (14-8, 9-7 in the Big 12) held a one-point lead over Oklahoma State, but could not maintain it coming out of the break, falling 79-75. Oklahoma shot 40.6% from the field, including 13 of 34 from the three-point range (38.2%).
Brady Manek led the team with 20 points and nine rebounds. Austin Reaves also had a great evening, chipping and seven rebounds in 19 points.
Oklahoma has also been doing a great job putting the ball in the basket, averaging 75.6 ppg (77th). They are averaging 44.1% from the field and 33.5% from the three-point range. The Sooners have been a great free-throw shooting team, connecting on 74.1% of their attempts.
Oklahoma is led by Reaves, who is averaging 17.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Three other players are averaging in double digits for Oklahoma.
- 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games.
- 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win.
- 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record.
- 6-2 ATS in their last eight games at home.
A lot of eyes are going to be watching the exciting matchup between Reaves and Jones, but both teams have a solid core that should make this a very entertaining game. Both Texas and Oklahoma are likely to earn NCAA tournament bids, so this contest is about positioning. No one wants to be a No. 12 or 13 team when they can be a No. 7.
The last time these teams met Oklahoma earned the victory by a single point. That was at Texas. I expect this to be a close game as well with the Sooners narrowly covering the spread.
Pick: Take Oklahoma -3 at -110
Points are not a problem for either one of these teams. Oklahoma and Texas are averaging 151 points per game combined. Both have played fairly well defensively, but this is going to be an offensive showcase. I would have normally expected a fairly tense, tight game, but neither team really has anything to lose here. It is going to be a run-and-gun affair in Norman.
I like Oklahoma to push the ball near the basket looking to draw fouls to give them the edge. Both teams have a big night shooting, so I go over.
Pick: Go over 142.5 points at -110