Oklahoma Sooners at Texas Tech Red Raiders – NCAAM February 1

No. 24 Oklahoma (11-4, 6-3) at No. 10 Texas Tech (12-5, 4-4)

Time: 6 PST – 8 CST – 9 EST
Place: United Supermarkets Arena
TV: ESPN

Opening Tip:

The Sooners roll into Lubbock with a 5-game winning streak, including a home win on Saturday over No. 9 Alabama without leading scorer Austin Reaves and junior guard Alondes Williams as both players are in COVID-19 protocol. Oklahoma is 10-9 vs. Texas Tech in the Lon Kruger era, but the Sooners have not won in Lubbock since 2015.

Texas Tech has won four out of it’s last six games as two of those losses were to Baylor by eight and West Virginia by one. The Red Raiders have won five of the last six games against Oklahoma and won in Norman, 69-67, on Dec. 22. Terrence Shannon scored 21 points while Marcos-Santos Silva had 18 points and seven boards. De’Vion Harmon had 17 points in 38 minutes for the Sooners.

Vs The Spread:

Oklahoma:

  • The Sooners are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of OU’s last 12 outings
  • Oklahoma is 4-9 SU in their last 13 games on the road

Texas Tech:

  • The Red Raiders are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games
  • The OVER has been the call in 6 of the Red Raiders’ last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in the last five games between Texas Tech and Oklahoma

Last time out:

De’Vion Harmon scored 18 points as Oklahoma defeated Alabama, 66-61, in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday. The Sooners led the Tide, 55-43, midway through the second half, but Alabama rallied with a 17-4 run to take a 60-59 lead. Keion Ellis’ score with 4:21 left would be the last Alabama field goal of the afternoon. Harmon and Umoja Gibson had three triples each and the Sooners held Alabama to 38.9 percent from the floor.

Texas Tech trailed LSU, 71-64, with a minute to play on Saturday, but the Red Raiders closed with a vengeance as they popped in the last 12 points of the game to come away from Baton Rouge with a 76-71 win. Mac McClung had two threes in the final minute as the second one put TT ahead 72-71 with 27 seconds remaining. Terrence Shannon led the Red Raiders with 23 points while McClung scored 22.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Oklahoma +7 (-114) +250 O 134½ (-105)
Texas Tech -7 (-106) -300 U 134½ (-115)

Sooners Stat Pack:

  • The Sooners’ schedule has been a beast as they have faced three straight Top 10 teams on two occasions. With the win over Alabama, they have won four in a row over Top 10 teams as they also won twice over Kansas and defeated Texas.
  • Lon Kruger is one of the craftiest coaches in the game as he switched to a four-guard lineup and inserted Elijah Harkless, who has become a defensive catalyst. Oklahoma is 5-1 and has geld opponents to 61.2 points and 28.7 percent from three since he entered the starting lineup. The Sooners also have a (+6.0) turnover margin.
  • The Sooners are 7-0 when scoring at least 78 points while averaging 80.8 points per game in victories and 66.0 in losses.

Sooners Grease Board:

Oklahoma Sooners LogoWith Austin Reaves and Alondes Williams still out due to COVID-19 protocols, the Sooners are going to need a duplicate performance of Saturday from De’Vion Harmon (13.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg) who controlled much of the win over Alabama with 18 points in 38 minutes. Harmon is in posiiton to be Freshman of the Year in the Big 12 as he averages 17.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in his last three games. Junior guard Umoja Gibson could play a key role as he has six games this season where he has hit at least three triples. The Red Raiders defend the midrange game at a higher level that the three, so Gibson could find his niche on the arc this evening.

Red Raiders Stat Pack:

  • Mac McClung broke the 1,000 point mark in his career with 22 in the win over LSU on Saturday. He has raised his scoring average in Big 12 play to 21.0 ppg, which is 3.5 points higher than his season average of 17.5 ppg.
  • VCU transfer Marcus Santos-Silva is working along the same lines as McClung as he needs 24 points to break 1,000 for his career
  • Kyler Edwards is looking to get his offense going once again as he is shooting only 36.8 percent from the floor which is almost four points less per game than a year ago.

Red Raiders Grease Board:

Texas Tech Red Raiders LogoNo doubt that the Sooners have the Red Raiders’ full attention as Texas Tech is going to try to get a quick start to quell the Sooners with immediacy and with the shorter rotation. Confidence is booming on this team after Saturday’s win at LSU, so playing at home should give them another boost

Pressure defense could be a major key for the Red Raiders as Oklahoma averages only 10.5 turnovers per game. Speeding up the Sooners without Reaves should help the Red Raiders wear Oklahoma down. It’s a Texas Tech defense that allows only 62,2 points per game vs. a Sooners offense – sans Reaves and Williams – that goes for 77 per night.

Winner: Texas Tech (-7) 69, Oklahoma 60
O/U: Take UNDER 134½

The Bets
Texas Tech -7
-106
OVER 134½
-115
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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.