Oklahoma Sooners (12-2) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-1)Date : 01/08/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
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Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
The 25th ranked Oklahoma Sooners will travel to United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas, to battle the 11th ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In all, the Red Raiders have won nine of their last 10 games along with three straight as they picked up a victory versus the Kansas State Wildcats at home in their last outing after a hot shooting first half to where they posted 39 points. And despite being outscored by the Wildcats by a 38 – 29 margin in the second half, Texas Tech was able to hang on for the victory due to their defenses ability to limit offensive opportunities for Kansas State as they shot just 33% from the floor while going for of 23 from 3-point range.
On the other hand, the Oklahoma Sooners were able to claim a victory at home versus a struggling Oklahoma State Cowboys team as both teams shot horribly from the floor at under 40%, however, Oklahoma’s ability to rebound the basketball along with shoot effectively from the free throw line essentially gave them the victory in this contest as they won the rebounding battle by a 48-34 margin while shooting 70% on 36 free throw attempts on the night.
Oklahoma Sooners's Latest Performance :
The Oklahoma Sooners also rebounded from a recent loss to a highly-ranked squad in the Kansas Jayhawks by beating up on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in their last time out as they were able to accumulate the win due to their ability to hold the Cowboys to only 34% shooting from the floor while also outrebounding the visitors by a 42-37 margin for the game. In addition to this, Oklahoma also was able to get to the free-throw line much more frequently as they graced the free throw line a total of 36 times compared to only 26 for the Kansas State Wildcats.
And while they were certainly were not sharp in this contest versus the Wildcats, look for the Oklahoma Sooners to certainly take the momentum and ride with it as they now get to matchup with a Texas Tech team that is looking to win its third straight Big 12 contest. And while the Red Raiders have certainly have their fair share of issues on the offensive end in 2018, they have not allowed 60 points to a conference opponent thus far in the season.
Texas Tech Red Raiders's Latest Performance :
The Texas Tech Red Raiders have rebounded nicely from a loss to the Duke Blue Devils recently by winning their 3rd straight game over the Kansas State Wildcats in their last outing as they allowed just 19 points to the visitors at the conclusion of the first half while preserving the victory in the second half behind just 45% shooting while connecting on six of 17 3-point attempts as David Moretti and Matt Mooney had 19 and 14 points respectively, for the Red Raiders in the much-needed victory.
Defensively, Texas Tech was as solid as ever in allowing 33% shooting to a dismal offensive team in the Kansas State Wildcats while permitting them to shoot just 17% from three-point range as they were led by Barry Brown jr. with 17 points as he went 5-17 from the floor on the night. It will be important to note that Texas Tech failed to win the rebounding battle by a slight margin in this contest while also turning the ball over 17 times total for the game.
How Oklahoma Sooners & Texas Tech Red Raiders Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oklahoma is 12 – 1 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 4 – 10
Texas Tech is 5 – 9 against the spread while the OU is 4 – 10
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be a highly competitive Big 12 matchup amongst two teams that will be looking to continue their present momentum at all costs. Of course, Oklahoma has a offense that is a bit better than that of Texas Tech, however, the Red Raiders possess one of the best defenses in the nation, as pointed out. Look for this contrast in styles to really be an interesting sidebar for this contest on Tuesday night as the Red Raiders will certainly bring the focus on the defensive end while Oklahoma will be looking to control of pace constantly in which to find an advantage.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Texas Tech Red Raiders
My reason for the pick :
While I happen to believe that the Oklahoma Sooners will certainly bring their focus and intensity for this matchup on Tuesday night, look for the Texas Tech Red Raiders to do what they do best in this matchup, which is to wear down their opponent with aggressive, solid, and physical defense as this will allow for offensive opportunities throughout the contest. Expect the trends to be the same in this matchup as one will witness a low-scoring and competitive match up amongst these two squads, yet one where the Red Raiders will prevail in the end due to their ability to control the pace of the game throughout.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
The under has been the play in five of the last six games for the Oklahoma Sooners while also being the result in 4 of the last five games for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. As stated, I expect a low scoring match up amongst these two teams as they would not only be looking to pick up an all-important victory in which to continue their recent success, but, these squads will also be looking to gain an inside track within the Big 12 Conference, altogether, with a much-needed win as well.
Betting trends for Oklahoma Sooners:
- The Sooners are 9-1 against the spread in last 10 games
- The under is 5 – 1 and Sooners last six games
Betting trends for Texas Tech Red Raiders:
- The Red Raiders are 1-4 against the spread in last 5 games
- The under is 3-1 in Red Raiders last 4 games