Bet on the Red River Showdown, Texas vs Oklahoma
The #25 Texas Longhorns host the #3 Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon in Big 12 basketball action. The Longhorns (18-10) are in fourth place in the Big 12 and are coming off a 71-70 win at Kansas State on Monday night. The Sooners (22-5) are in second place in the Big 12 and are coming off a 71-49 thumping of Oklahoma State on Wednesday night. Get more information about the latest NCAAB online betting lines for this game.
Bet on the Red River Showdown, Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners
When: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2:00 PM ET
Where: Frank Erwin Special Events Center, Austin, TX
Radio: Texas Longhorns Radio Network
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
NCAAB Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on the Longhorns?
As junior guard Isaiah Taylor goes, so go the Longhorns. In their Monday night scrape with Kansas State, the Longhorns were facing the prospect of an upset by one of the young upstart programs in the Big 12, and Taylor simply put the team on his back and carried them to victory. Taylor’s three-pointer with 1:03 remaining put the Longhorns up by four and was a key factor in Texas’ clinging to victory. The fact that Kansas State has lost six Big 12 games by 10 points or fewer shows how tough a competitor they are, and the fact that Texas scrapped and came away with a big win says volumes about their toughness.
Why should you put your money on Oklahoma?
When Oklahoma faced off with Oklahoma State, the Cowboys sent all their defensive resources at Buddy Hield, the #2 scorer in the nation. It worked, somewhat, as Hield only put up 17 points. However, that meant that senior forward Ryan Spangler had a lot of open looks, and he made Oklahoma State pay by pouring in 26 points, a career high. Normally one of the Sooner worker bees, Spangler came up big when it was his turn to drive the offense. The fact that the Sooners have so much flexibility — and can still rout a team by 22 when their top scorer is in check — makes them a fearsome team to take on.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Texas has played very well this year, even knocking off such teams as North Carolina in the early going. However, I think that Oklahoma has too many offensive options for Texas to be able to keep pace. I’m taking the Sooners, 82-74.