January 9, 2018
There is one pick today.
Take Oklahoma -2 spread (buy the half point) against Texas Tech for 3% of the bankroll.
The 9th ranked Oklahoma Sooners had their 10-game win streak snapped Saturday, falling at West Virginia and you can bet that did not leave a good taste in their mouth. They will have a chance to redeem themselves, however, as they return home to take on a much-improved Texas Tech team who is currently tied for first place in the conference.
The Red Raiders come into this contest ranked fourth in the country in scoring defense, allowing just 59.2 points per game and fifth in field goal percentage defense, holding teams to just 37.3% shooting from the field. Their defense will certainly be put to the test tonight as Oklahoma that leads the nation in scoring, topping 94.4 points per game and is guided by dynamic freshman guard Trae Young. Young leads the nation in both scoring and assists by wide margins but is coming off what for him was a sub-par game in the loss to the Mountaineers, finishing with 29 points on just 8 of 22 shooting and turning the ball over a season-high eight times while recording just five assists. This will be an important game for Young, to see how the youngster bounces back from a less than stellar effort. The Sooners were held to just 43.1% shooting from the field against the Mountaineers, which was their poorest shooting nights on the season. We expect a bounce back game from all players tonight.
The Big 12 conference is one of the most stacked and competitive in all of college basketball and playing on the road is no easy feat. As impressive as Texas Tech has been on the season, they have shown that they are not as statistically dominant away from home. Tonight, facing the best offense in the country, who is also extra motivated coming off a loss, we believe this is simply a bad scheduling spot for the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has gained mainstream recognition by coming away with convincing wins over the likes of Baylor, Kansas, and Kansas State. What Texas Tech did to Kansas inside Allen Fieldhouse was extremely impressive, however, they had the luxury of playing the other two games against top competition at home. This will be just their second true road game of the season. Oklahoma also has some impressive wins on their resume, defeating both TCU and Wichita State on the road and USC and Oregon on neutral courts this season. At home, they have been nearly unbeatable, and we believe they prove that tonight. This is a small number to lay with what should be the more motivated team tonight.
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