Texas Tech guard Terrence Shannon Jr. drives up court during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Ames, Iowa. Texas Tech won 91-64. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
- The Oklahoma Sooners (11-4, 6-3 Big 12) play the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-5, 4-4 Big 12) on Monday, February 1
- Both teams are coming off of big non-conference wins in their last game
- See the odds, spread, analysis, and best bet below
The Oklahoma Sooners and #10 Texas Tech Red Raiders will meet for the final time in the regular season at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas on Monday (Feb. 1, 9 pm ET).
Both schools took out a member of the SEC in their last game. The Sooners put the clamps on the high scoring Alabama Crimson Tide 66-61 on Saturday to win their third straight game against a top-10 opponent. Meanwhile, Texas Tech came from behind in the second half to beat the LSU Tigers on the road 76-71
The Red Raiders won the first meeting of the season between the two schools 69-67 in Norman, Oklahoma back on December 22nd. The current odds are showing Texas Tech as a 4.5 point favorite in this matchup.
Oklahoma vs #10 Texas Tech Odds
|Oklahoma Sooners||+4.5 (-102)||+188||Over 138 (-110)|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders||-4.5 (-118)||-225||Under 138 (-110)|
Odds as of January 31st at FanDuel.
Oklahoma is Red Hot
The Oklahoma Sooners know a thing or two about playing and beating top-10 teams. Saturday they played their third straight game against a top-10 opponent after winning their previous two versus the number nine, Kansas Jayhawks, and number five, Texas Longhorns. The only difference was, Saturday they had to take on the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide without starters Austin Reaves and Alondes Williams. They still won.
Alabama entered today on a 10-game winning streak.
Oklahoma entered today down two starters in Austin Reaves and Alondes Williams.
The Sooners just won in Norman.
Nope. Just College Basketball.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) January 30, 2021
The Sooners are ranked 53rd in the country averaging 76.9 points per game this season. Without two starters, they were forced to rely on defense and that’s exactly what they did holding Alabama to 39% from the floor. The Crimson Tide entered the game on a 10 game winning streak but could only muster 61 points which is almost 20 below their season average. De’vion Harmon led the way for the Sooners with 18 points in 38 minutes of action.
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Texas Tech is Back On Track
Going into their game with Baylor on January 16, the Red Raiders’ season was rolling along nicely. They were 11-3 and within striking distance of the lead in the Big 12. Then things started going south. They lost to Baylor 68-60 in a game that wasn’t really that close. Then they had two games postponed due to Covid-19 complications followed by another conference loss, this time a heartbreaker to West Virginia 88-87. They needed a win in the worst way and came away with one at LSU.
LSU gives up 12-0 run over final minute to lose to No. 10 Texas Tech, 76-71:https://t.co/hyL9b0pYCu
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) January 30, 2021
It wasn’t exactly how the Red Raiders drew it up but as they say, “a win is a win”. Texas Tech was down seven points going into the final minute but thanks to a 12-0 run, they not only won but covered 3.5 points. NBA prospect Terrence Shannon Jr. led the way with 23 points including the final six points of the game.
Best Betting Angle
The Sooners pulled through as a team without Reaves and Williams against Alabama, but doing it again may be asking too much. It’s still unclear if either will be able to suit up against Texas Tech but if they can’t, going to Lubbock will be that much harder. Especially given their shooting splits.
On the season, Oklahoma is 34.2% from behind the arc which is about middle of the pack. They connected on 38.1% of their three-point attempts against Alabama which is a big reason why they won. The issue is, that game was at home where the Sooners hit 37.5% of their threes on average. On the road, they are a dismal 26.6% from three-land.
To compound the issue, the Red Raiders seem to only defend the three point line at home holding opponents to a 27.8% success rate from long range. That number swells to an absurd 43.3% on the road. Even if all the Sooners can suit up, they could struggle from downtown allowing Texas Tech to cover the small number.
Pick: Texas Tech -4.5 (-118)
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