College Basketball Betting Preview: Texas Longhorns at Oklahoma Sooners
Site: Lloyd Noble Center – Norman, OK
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 17 – 9 PM ET
College Basketball Odds at Vietbet
Spread: Oklahoma -6.5
Money Line: Oklahoma -280, Texas +240
It wasn’t pleasant at all for the Texas Longhorns the first time they met up with the Oklahoma Sooners, and in basketball’s version of the “Red River Rivalry” it was particularly stinging to be beaten by 21 points at home. But now it is not only time for revenge, but also for Texas to greatly help its chances for getting an at-large berth for the Big Dance. These two teams clash in college basketball betting action that gets underway at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, with a 9 PM ET starting time. And after tip-off, the wagering is just getting started for Vietbet customers with Live Betting Extra.
It was not a Buddy Hield-heavy offensive attack, as it often is, when these teams got together on January 5 in Austin. Hield had 13 points, but four other Sooners were in double figures, and as they went into the locker room with a 19-point lead at the end of the first half, it was pretty much over from there. The final score of 70-49 represented the lowest point total for Texas this season. The ‘Horns shot just 30% for the game, getting only eleven field goals out of the starting lineup.
Oklahoma (17-8 straight-up, 14-9 against the college basketball betting odds) is ranked #17 in the Associated Press poll, and is tied for 17th in the USA Today coaches’ poll. Texas (17-8 SU, 13-10 ATS) is not in the rankings, despite having the same straight-up mark as the Sooners, but the the ‘Horns will have an opportunity, as they are about to play five straight ranked teams. Of course, this could result in them playing themselves right out of NCAA Tournament consideration.
Vietbet customers know that the Sooners have a little redemption of their own to work on. They are coming off a 59-56 loss to unranked Kansas State, and that gives you an idea of how competitive the Big 12 really is. But they had put together a five-game winning streak prior to that. And they have limited the opposition below 35% from the field in four of their last six games.
Texas is a team with size, and that is reflected in their +9.9 rebounding margin. They have won three straight games (against Texas Tech, TCU and Kansas State), allowing a total of just 141 points. They have held each of their last four opponents below 40% shooting. Their 6’11” freshman Myles Turner is capable of giving them something sensational on any given night, but those nights have not been frequent enough. He exploded for 25 of Texas’ 56 points, adding twelve rebounds and three blocked shots in the win over Texas Tech on Saturday, but he had only 21 combined in the four games previous to that. Oklahoma held him to just four points on January 5, in a game where he took no free throws (he is 82.5% from the line).
Vietbet patrons might be interested in knowing that Oklahoma, which has covered five of their last six games against the college basketball odds, have also played six of their last seven contests under the total.
Texas coach Rick Barnes criticized his team for its lack of toughness after the first Oklahoma game, and whether that has been any kind of rallying cry is debatable; they have gone 5-5 since. They are just two games out of second place in the conference, although when it comes down to it, their effort in the eventual Big 12 tournament and the number of losses they have on their record might have more to do with making the Field of 68 than anything else. Needless to say, their work is cut out for them.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.