NCAAB Sweet 16 Betting Guide: Texas A&M vs Oklahoma
On Thursday, the Texas A&M Aggies take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The 3-seed Aggies knocked off 14-seed Green Bay in the first round, 92-65, and then they completed an amazing comeback by outscoring Northern Iowa, 14-2, in the last 33 seconds of regulation, and then won in double overtime. Oklahoma, holding a 2-seed, routed 15-seed CSU Bakersfield in the first round, 82-68. Then OU held off VCU in the second round, winning 85-81. Find out the latest NCAAB online betting odds here.
NCAAB Sweet 16 Betting Guide: Texas A&M Aggies vs Oklahoma Sooners
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7:37 PM ET
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA
Radio: Sports Talk 1400 KREF AM / Oklahoma Sooner Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Oklahoma (-1.5)
Why should you bet on the Sooners?
The Sooners are one of the best teams in the nation — but they are one of the most wildly inconsistent at times too. Buddy Hield, the team’s leading scorer and one of the James Naismith Player of the Year nominees, put up 36 points against VCU, including six big shots from downtown. The Sooners average 80.6 points per game (#19 in the NCAA), but their defense can be a little suspect, as they give up 70.7 points per game. If they are going to beat the Aggies, they have to focus on the boards and the defensive end of the floor.
Why should you put your money on Texas A&M?
Texas A&M is one of the top teams in the nation when it comes to getting defensive stops, as they only permit 65.5 points per game and hold opponents to 40.5% shooting from the floor. Danuel House hit some clutch shots down the stretch in regulation to bring the Aggies all the way back against Northern Iowa. However, they will need to play better defense from start to finish if they want to have a chance against the Sooners. They did play solid defense against Kentucky and pushed their SEC tournament final to overtime.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Texas A&M to put up a solid defensive performance and hold off the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners have lost too many clutch games in Big 12 play to make it to the Elite Eight, and the Aggies have the rebounding and defense to make them play. Texas A&M will win, 71-68.