College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Monday, 1/27/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma State -3.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma State -4
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season

Oklahoma State travels down I-35 for a ESPN Big Monday matchup in Norman, as it comes off a 81-75 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 13.5-point home favorites last Saturday.  The Cowboys are averaging 84.3 points per game, with four players averaging in double figures—led by point guard Marcus Smart at 17.1 points a contest.  The team is outscoring opponents by 18.3 points per game and possesses a Big 12 Conference-leading +4.4 turnover margin.  Oklahoma State is 0-2 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points this season.

The Cowboys are 26-80 SU all-time when playing in Norman, while the home team has won each of the past four seasons in this Bedlam Rivalry series.  Oklahoma State’s three losses have come by a total of 10 points, while it looks to improve upon its 14-33 SU record versus ranked opponents under head coach Travis Ford.  Defensively, the team ranks first in the league in three major categories, which are field goal percentage defense, steals and turnovers forced.

Oklahoma has won three games in a row, including a solid 74-65 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as one-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fifth consecutive contest.  The Sooners have all five starters averaging double figures—a group that has played together in all 20 games during the 2013-14 campaign.  It’s also important to point out that the squad is shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc at home, something that must be considered when making your college basketball betting picks.  Oklahoma is 10-12 ATS in January the last two-plus seasons.

The Sooners have won their last nine home games against the Cowboys, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Oklahoma leads the Big 12 in averaging 8.7 3-point makes per game, including 13 against both the Iowa State Cyclones and Texas Longhorns.  Sophomore forward Ryan Spangler is a key player to watch in this affair, as he’s averaging 12.8 points and rebounds over his last five contests.

Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners due to the home team covering the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

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