NCAA Betting Preview
No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners (26-3) at No. 15 Missouri Tigers (24-5)
Wednesday, 9:00PM Eastern
Bookmaker.com betting line –
The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners felt the importance of losing their superstar forward Blake Griffin after losing two straight games to both Kansas and Texas. However, Griffin has returned to play and the Sooners will try to get back the swagger they have carried all season. The No. 15 Missouri Tigers are most probably what many consider the surprise team of the conference. The Tigers had a legitimate shot at winning the Big 12 outright before getting blown out by Kansas on Sunday 90-65. However, the Tigers can still deliver another surprising performance if they could find a way to take down Blake Griffin and the Oklahoma Sooners this Wednesday night.
Missouri has played extremely well against Oklahoma over the last few years and will get to host the event where they are a perfect 17-0 this season at home. The Tigers have won the last 5 of 7 games over Oklahoma. Missouri had nearly sneaked into the Big 12 regular season title picture, but those hopes quickly vanished in a poor performance against Kansas. Missouri has now put together wins in 11 of their last 13 games and a respectable ranking inside the top 25. DeMarre Carroll is been the leading scorer for Missouri this season averaging a solid 17 points per game. Leo Lyons has also been stellar for the Tigers supporting with 14 points per game as both forwards pose a dangerous threat on the inside. However, the Tigers will need a big effort from the entire team to take down the Sooners in upset fashion this Wednesday.
Oklahoma superstar Blake Griffin returned to the court after missing two games with a concussion. Griffin posted 20 points and 19 rebounds in his night back to lead the Sooners over Texas Tech 78-63. Griffin is tied for first in the NCAA in rebounds pulling down 13.9 boards per game this season. When Griffin has been healthy, Oklahoma has been stellar and they have a good shot at earning one of the number 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament barring any upsets. The Sooners also have a sporty pair of guards to add to the scoring attack. Freshmen sensation Willie Warren has posted 15.1 points this season while junior Tony Crocker also has averaged double figures with 10 points per game. Oklahoma will look to cap off the season on strong terms and possibly get some vengeance in the Big 12 Tournament set for next week.
What to watch for…
Blake Griffin against the boards will be the key aspect to watch. The Sooners were out rebounded against Kansas and equal against the boards against Texas. Considering, Missouri does not have an excellent rebounding team, Oklahoma should have a big advantage on the glass. The Sooners have yet to lose a game this season where they have had more than 2 rebounds over their opponent and that will likely be the case again this Wednesday night.
Pick – Oklahoma