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No. 8 Red Raiders Look to Remain Perfect in Big 12 by Hosting No. 23 Sooners

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech Betting Odds

The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders conclude their two-game homestand by welcoming the No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners to the United Supermarkets Arena. Texas Tech and Oklahoma split their two-game season series last year with each school earning a 10-point victory on home court. The Sooners are coming off a win heading into this game while the Red Raiders have won three in a row and are a 6.5-point favorite tonight with the total opening at 132 points.

Shark Bites
  • Oklahoma is 12-2 SU and 12-1-1 ATS in its 14 games this season.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Texas Tech’s last seven games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Oklahoma’s 14 games this season.

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech Game Center

Red Raiders look to keep holding their opponents down

Texas Tech looks to extend its three-game winning streak and move to a perfect 3-0 in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders have been beating teams with their terrific defense and are the only team in the nation that has yet to surrender 70 points in a game this season, including holding then-No. 2 Duke to just 69 points in their meeting in mid-December. Overall, the Red Raiders are limiting foes to 53.1 points per game to rank second in college basketball and surrender an NCAA-low 48.1 ppg at home.

Additionally, they force opponents to take poor shots as their foes shoot just 33.4 percent from the floor, which is the lowest percentage in the nation, and they average 5.1 blocks per game, the 22nd-most in college basketball. Offensively, Texas Tech primarily relies on sophomore guard Jarrett Culver. The Texas native has scored the team high for points in 12 of 14 games this season and is racking up an average of 18.7 ppg. He also leads the team with 5.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

Sooners’ great rebounding is leading to a strong defense

Oklahoma has split its first two games of conference play, falling at Kansas 70-63 but following that up with a 74-64 victory in the first half of the Bedlam Series as it hosted Oklahoma State. The defeat against Kansas snapped a seven-game winning streak. Much like the Red Raiders, the Sooners’ defense has been quite solid and they have parlayed that into victories. They are giving up an average of 66.2 points per game to rank 54th in the nation and are holding opponents to a 37.5 shooting percentage from the floor, the eighth-lowest percentage in college basketball.

One of the biggest positives for Oklahoma, in terms of limiting its opponent’s scoring, has been its ability to clean the glass as it averages 43.5 rebounds and 29.7 defensive boards per game for the No. 4 mark in the country in both categories – Texas Tech allows the 22nd-fewest opponent rebounds per game at 30.9. Senior guard Christian James is carrying the offensive torch, averaging 17.1 points per game, and he also leads the team with 7.8 rebounds per game. Only two other players on the team score more than 10 points per game – sophomore forward Brady Manek (11.4) and senior guard Miles Reynolds (10.4).

Should you be on the UNDER?

Tonight’s game features two defensive-minded teams and Bovada has the total opening at 132 points. The total has gone UNDER in five of Texas Tech’s last seven games with each of those games going UNDER 132 points with an average combined score of 121.57. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has gone UNDER in seven of its last nine games, but just three of those contests went UNDER 132 points. Additionally, the Red Raiders have yet to allow an opponent to score 70 points this season and two of the three games in which the Sooners were held to fewer than 70 points went UNDER 132 points. Lastly, both teams rank outside of the top 100 in points scored per game, but rank in the top 55 for fewest points allowed per game. I think you should be on the UNDER.

My take on Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

I like the UNDER 132 points. Texas Tech is allowing the second-fewest ppg this season at 53.1 and that drops to 48.1 ppg at home, the fewest in the nation. Meanwhile, both teams rank in the top 10 for lowest opponent shooting percentage with the Red Raiders’ foes hitting 33.4 percent of their attempts (the lowest in college basketball), while the Sooners’ opponents are shooting 37.5 percent (eighth-lowest). Lastly, Texas Tech has yet to allow a team to score 70 points, and each of its last seven games has gone UNDER 132 points. I think that trend continues tonight.

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