Oklahoma Sooners (0-0) vs UTSA Roadrunners (0-1)Date : 11/12/2018
Time : 8:00 PM
Location : Convocation Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oklahoma Sooners vs UTSA Roadrunners
The C-USA UTSA Roadrunners will play in its second home game of the season at the Convocation Center as they will host Big-12 foe in the Oklahoma Sooners. The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance while the UTSA Roadrunners went 20-15 and finished 5th in the conference.
Oklahoma Sooners's Latest Performance :
The Oklahoma Sooners are coming off a solid year as they made it back to the NCAA tournament after going 11-20 in 2016, but Lon Kruger and staff face an uphill battle this season as they will be missing a couple of key components. The Sooners got one of the best recruits in school history as Trae Young decided to stay home in Norman, Oklahoma and play for Lon Kruger but the one downfall for Sooners fans was that they knew he was a one and done. Trae Young ran the Sooners offense as efficient as anyone in past years as the star PG was able to average 27.4 PPG and 8.7 APG. Young moved on to the NBA as one of the top draft picks but his departure isn’t the only one that Kruger needs to replace as backup PG Kameron McGusty (8 PPG) transferred to the University of Miami. The Sooners will return 2 of their top 3 scorers with the most important being senior Christian James who was one of the more underrated guards in the Big 12. James is coming off a solid season as he was 2nd in the team in PPG as he tallied 11.9 in 30.2 MPG but perhaps his biggest present was felt on the defensive end as he averaged 1.1 SPG. The Sooners will also bring back another solid wing player in sharpshooter Brady Manek who is coming off a double-digit scoring campaign ass he averaged 10.2 PPG.
UTSA Roadrunners's Latest Performance :
The UTSA Roadrunners aren’t a favorite in a surprisingly good conference like C-USA but you expect them to beat up on D2 teams, but to open the season UTSA played St.Edwards and fell at home 77-76. The Roadrunners knew that it was going to be an uphill battle in this matchup as they were without their top scorer from 2017 as Jhivvan Jackson is still recovering from an ACL injury, but losing to a lower tier team is unacceptable for Steve Henson and staff. The Roadrunners were able to receive a solid game down low out of their senior forward Nick Allen as 6’8 PF fell just short of a double-double with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Allen started in every game last season for UTSA but his production was down as he averaged 8.9 PPG and 5.1 RPG but a good start to the season may get the senior rolling. UTSA was also able to receive for production down low as the Italian junior Giovanni De Nicolao fell just short of a double-double with 13 points and 8 rebounds. One guy that the Roadrunners want to see get going is another forward, Adrian Rodriquez. The redshirt freshmen only played in 1 game last season but he had a solid outing as he dropped 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Rodriquez played 12 minutes in their outing against St.Edwards but the big man failed to record a point and also committed 2 turnovers.
How Oklahoma Sooners & UTSA Roadrunners Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
UTSA is 0-1 ATS.
Oklahoma went 10-21 ATS last season.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
In 2017 the Oklahoma Sooners ranked 5th in College Basketball in team scoring as they averaged 84.9 PPG whole the UTSA Roadrunners ranked 65th as they averaged 78.3 PPG.
In 2017 UTSA ranked 248th in team defense as they allowed opponents to score an average of 75.1 PPG while Oklahoma ranked 337th as opponents were able to score an average of 81.7 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Oklahoma Sooners
My reason for the pick :
The Oklahoma Sooners are in a sense of rebuilding even after making the NCAA tournament last year for the sole reason of not having a #1 scorer but UTSA doesn’t have a #1 scorer either with Jackson on the rack for the 1st month of the season. I simply can not trust a team who just lost to a D2 squad to beat a solid Big 12 team like Oklahoma. Lon Kruger has been through it all with the Sooners and I am sure he has a plan to get the ball into Manek and James hands more with the absence of Young. I expect the Sooners to continue their hot scoring from a year ago and win on the road in a non-hostile environment like UTSA.
Betting trends for Oklahoma Sooners:
- Oklahoma went 0-4 ATS as the road favorite last season.
Betting trends for UTSA Roadrunners:
- UTSA went 6-5 ATS at home last season.