Oklahoma State Cowboys at Texas Longhorns – NCAAM December 20

Oklahoma State (6-1, 0-1) at No.11 Texas (6-1, 0-0)

Series:

Texas leads the series 52-45 as the Longhorns have won three out of the last five. Oklahoma State took 81-59 win last season in Austin after Texas beat the Cowboys, 76-64, in Stillwater.

Vs. the Spread:

The Cowboys are 3-13 SU in their last 16 games in Austin while the total is OVER in five of Oklahoma State’s last seven games against Big 12 competition. Texas is 9-4 ATS in it’s last 13 games as the total has gone UNDER in Texas’ last five games. The OVER has been the play in 12 of the last 17 matchups between the Longhorns and the Cowboys.

Teams Spread Total Points
Oklahoma State Cowboys +6½ (-115) O 141½ (-110)
Texas Longhorns -6½ (-105) U 141½ (-110)

Last Time Out:

The Cowboys dropped a hard-fought 77-76 decision to TCU as they led by eight points with 2:21 remaining. Cade Cunningham had 17 points and eight rebounds and he missed the game-winner as time expired.

Greg Brown and Courtney Ramey scored 17 points apiece and Texas held Sam Houston State to 35.7 percent from the field in shutting down the BearKats, 79-63. Andrew Jones continued a solid start to his season with 13 points as Texas scored the first eight points of the game and stretched the lead to 44-26 at halftime.

Ride The Range:

Oklahoma State Cowboys LogoCade Cunningham’s start to his freshman season has been scintillating as he averages 18.3 points and six boards per night. Cunningham was the No. 1 player in the recruiting class of 2020 and shoots 44.9 percent from the floor and 81.1 percent from the line.

Senior Isaac Likekele (10.7 ppg) is OSU’s other double figures scorer and works well alongside the heralded Cunningham, who has taken over as the leader of the team. Cunningham is a hybrid in that he can play any of the five positions on the floor.

Matthew Alexander-Moncrieffe and Kalib Boone have to play at a high level against Greg Brown and Jericho Sims inside. The Cowboys have already recorded a pair of impressive road wins at Marquette and at Wichita State as this team will be a tougher out in the Big 12 than maybe was expected.

Bevo Banter:

Texas Longhorns LogoThe Longhorns are 15-9 in Big 12 openers and are getting many contributions from many different players. Courtney Ramey (15.0 ppg, 4.0 apg) and Matt Coleman (13.7 ppg, 4.7 apg) have been a hard cover in the back court.

Ramey shoots 46.9 percent from behind the 3-point line while Coleman, who is at 39.3 percent from three, will look to find more shots as he has 12 combined in the last two games.

Freshman Greg Brown (10.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg) is already a force on the boxes as he leads the team in rebounding with Jericho Sims (6.4 rpg) as another force in the middle. The matchup of Ramey and Coleman against an Oklahoma State 3-point defense that only allows a 30.7 percent clip will be a key storyline in the game. Texas won the Camping World-Maui Jim Classic in Asheville, N.C., three weeks ago as the Longhorns took down Davidson, Indiana, and North Carolina on three consecutive dates.

Winner: Texas (-6½) 72, Oklahoma State 64
O/U: Take UNDER 141.5

The Bets
Texas (-6½)
-105
UNDER 141½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.