Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners Prediction, 3/4/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK
Odds/Point Spread: Texas (+2)
The Texas Longhorns (15-7) are headed to Lloyd Noble Center on Thursday where they'll meet the Oklahoma Sooners (14-8). Texas opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The O/U is set at 142.
Texas enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 15-7 this year. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 20.3 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Texas is grabbing 39.3 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 288 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 165th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Longhorns are connecting on 34.4% on 3-point shots (188 of 546) and 69.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 75.1 pts per game (85th in the country) while shooting 44.7% from the floor. Defensively, the Longhorns are able to force 12.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.4 fouls. They are giving up 32.1% from 3-point land and they rank 130th in college basketball in points per game allowed (68.5). The Longhorns defense is giving up a FG percentage of 40.8% (521 of 1,276) and they concede 35.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They rank 47th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 202 relinquished this year.
The Texas Longhorns took the court against the Iowa State Cyclones and took home the win by a score of 81-67 in their last contest. Texas finished the game with a 51.0% field goal percentage (26 out of 51) and converted 9 out of their 20 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Longhorns converted 20 of 23 shots for a percentage of 87.0%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 6 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 dimes in this matchup in addition to creating 15 turnovers and earning 8 steals. In terms of defense, Texas allowed their opponent to shoot 41.9% from the field on 26 of 62 shooting. Iowa State distributed 18 dimes and had 10 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Iowa State pulled down 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and added 3 blocks. Iowa State finished shooting 77.8% at the charity stripe by burying 7 of 9 shots. They also converted 8 out of their 28 attempts from distance.
Courtney Ramey is a guy who was a factor for this contest. He was able to score 14 points on 3 of 7 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 34 minutes played and snagged 7 rebounds. Ramey finished the game at 42.9% from the field and dished out 4 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Longhorns was Matt Coleman. He collected 3 rebounds in his 35 minutes on the court. He ended up shooting 71.4% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 5-of-7 (12 points). When all was said and done, Coleman had 5 assists.
Oklahoma has a mark of 14-8 for the campaign. The Sooners are responsible for committing 14.8 fouls per contest and they connect on 74.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.5 times per game (152nd in the nation) and they turn it over 11.0 times per contest. Oklahoma has tallied 1,663 pts on the campaign (75.6 per contest) and they pull down 36.8 boards per game. When it comes to offense, the Sooners are hitting on 44.1% from the field, which ranks them 191st in college basketball. The Sooners on defense are ranked 143rd in the country in PPG allowed with 69.1. They have forced 13.4 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.7% from the field (96th in college basketball). The Oklahoma defense gives up 35.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (180 of 508) and opponents are making 72.8% of their foul shots. They surrender 12.0 dimes and 36.8 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 99th and 258th in those categories.
The last time they took the court, the Oklahoma Sooners went home defeated by a final of 79-75 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Sooners corralled 20 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 for this contest. They gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while recording 9 steals for this game. The Cowboys were called for 16 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Sooners to the free throw line for 14 shots. They were able to bury 10 of the free throws for a percentage of 71.4%. In terms of shots from distance, Oklahoma made 13 of 34 attempts (38.2%). When the final whistle was blown, the Sooners ended up shooting 26 for 64 from the field which had them sitting at 40.6%. The Sooners permitted the Cowboys to convert 27 of their 51 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 52.9% in this game. They shot 35.7% from distance via 5 out of 14 and ended up shooting 20 of 27 at the charity stripe (74.1%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Oklahoma permitted Oklahoma State to pull down 35 overall (6 on the offensive glass).
Brady Manek was important for the Sooners in this contest. He knocked down 7 out of 14 in the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and had 9 rebounds. Manek scored 20 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 4 assists in this matchup. An additional guy who came through for Oklahoma was Austin Reaves. He left the arena with 4 assists in his 35 mins played, and he knocked down 5 out of 14 from the floor. Reaves wrapped this one up going 35.7% from the floor and also earning 19 points and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Texas (+2)
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