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Oklahoma has been playing some much better ball as of late and the resurgence has coincided with their top player Jordan Woodard returning to the lineup. Oklahoma has picked up some nice recent wins at home against Texas Tech and on the road against West Virginia, but the Sooners had their short winning streak snapped in their last outing as Oklahoma fell to Iowa State by a final of 87-92. Oklahoma has been a streaky offensive squad this season, but the Sooners have been putting up some big numbers lately scoring well into the 80s in their last three games. Woodard’s return has really helped the Sooners and the veteran guard leads this offense averaging 17.9 points per game.
Texas has been one of the bigger disappointments in college basketball this season as this once ranked group back in early November now stands just 7-12 overall and 1-6 in the Big 12. The Horns have had a tough time coming through in a number of their competitive matchups, and one positive for Texas is they’ve at least been competitive in all of their Big 12 defeats. In their last outing the Horns came up short on the road against Kansas losing to the Jayhawks by a final of 67-79. Texas is coming off back to back home defeat by 3 and 2 points respectively against TCU and West Virginia. This is still a rebuild situation at Texas for head coach Shaka Smart who’s slowly implementing his system and his type of players.
This has the ingredients to be another very competitive matchup in the Big 12. Oklahoma has stepped up their play as of late and have shown they can get the job done on the road in a tough environment, while Texas has been a consistent competitive performer throughout conference action. In what should be a close game we’ll side with the improving Sooners and the points as the better bet.
Oklahoma +2.5 -110