Two of the most entertaining teams in the Big 12 face-off today as the 6-point underdog Texas Longhorns visit the 17th ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The game tips off at 9:00 PM ET at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and streamed on WatchESPN.com.
The Longhorns have won three in a row after dropping four in a row and are desperate to carry that momentum into the last month of the regular season in hopes of joining up to six other Big 12 teams that are expected to be invited to the big dance.
Oklahoma lost their last game, on the road against Kansas State, but did won five straight before that loss. The Sooners are a legitimate March Madness threat and you should bet on them in the Big 12 Tournament.
Analyzing The Texas Vs Oklahoma Betting Line, My Free Pick & TV Info
Matchup: Texas Longhorns at (17) Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Feb. 17, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Stadium: Lloyd Noble Center
TV Info: ESPN 2
Radio: Texas Vs Oklahoma
Point Spread: Oklahoma Sooners -6
Texas Will Cover the Spread If
The Longhorns can slow things down against the running and gunning Sooners.
Texas has the ability to get up and down the court, but versus Oklahoma their best chance of covering the spread is to take their time and use their terrific defense to shut down the Sooners’ fast tempo offense.
— Roxy Bernstein (@roxybernstein) February 16, 2015
In the first game between these two on Jan. 5, Oklahoma was able to take 60 shots. They made close to half of those, 25, for 41.7%. Texas tried to stick with Oklahoma. The Longhorns took 60 shots as well, but unlike Oklahoma, Texas only hit 18 for 30%. Texas needs to slow the game down. They need to cut Oklahoma’s possessions. The best way to do that is for the Longhorns to take their time on the offensive end and then let their defense make stops. Texas has to rely on what has made it successful. That’s a top-notch defense and a patient offense.
Oklahoma Will Cover the Spread If
Oklahoma can win the rebounding battle again.
There are few teams that can out rebound the Texas Longhorns. Texas out rebounds their opponents 41.1 to 25.9 on average per game. The reason that Texas is such a good rebounding team is because their front line of Jonathan Holmes, Cameron Ridley and Myles Turner are all big bodied players with an instinct for grabbing boards.
— Oklahoma Basketball (@OU_MBBall) February 16, 2015
But in the first matchup between these two, Oklahoma out rebounded Texas. The Sooners grabbed 38 boards to Texas’ 32. They out rebounded Texas on the offensive glass by 2, 10 to 8, and they were better on the defensive glass by 4. For Oklahoma to cover the spread in this matchup as a favorite at home, they’re going to have to grab more boards than Texas does again. That means hitting the glass for second chance points and going after the ball after Texas misses shots. Defensive rebounds could be the key because that will allow Oklahoma to get its transition game going.