Bedlam Rivalry: Fired-Up Oklahoma St. Our NCAA Basketball Pick Over Oklahoma

Joe Gavazzi

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:00 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 4:00 PM GMT

Oklahoma travels from Norman to Stillwater, when Oklahoma meets Oklahoma St. in the renewal of their annual Bedlam rivalry. Join us inside as whe present our NCAA basketball pick.

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NCAA Basketball Pick: Oklahoma State +8
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State 9:00PM ET
Last year, these teams met on 3 occasions with Oklahoma winning every game by margins of 17, 8 and 15 points. Most outstanding scoring note from that game was that the Sooners held the Cowboys to an average of only 57 PPG on offense. With the triple revenge a motivator, the reality that Oklahoma could well ascend to the No.1 spot after the Jayhawks lost to WVU on Tuesday night, the Cowboys strong home boards of Gallagher-Iba Arena and with the Cowboys off consecutive road losses to Baylor and WVU, this has all the makings for more Bedlam.  

 

Betting Preview
Let’s begin this analysis of the Sooners by my admission that I believe Oklahoma is the best team in the country and will prove that to be true in early April. They have a great coach in Lon Kruger who has taken no fewer than 4 teams (UNLV, Illinois, Florida and Oklahoma) to the Big Dance. This year is his most talented contingent in Norman. It is led by the nation’s best player in Buddy Hield, who is a lock-down defender and an outstanding scorer, both from behind the arc and in drives to the basket. He is  complemented in the backcourt by PG Woodard, a prime-time lead guard who lives for the big moment, along with Isaiah Cousins, who is still seeking to reach his potential this season. The interior is manned by Ryan Spangler, a 3-sport athlete who dominates the glass and the lane.Quickly emerging interior force, Khadeem Lattin, rounds out what is an outstanding offensive team.On Monday, February 4, Oklahoma traveled to Kansas, where they absorbed their only defeat of the season (109-106) in a triple OT thriller that is thought by many to be the best college basketball game of the season. Oklahoma had a letdown, only at the price, when they cruised to an (86-76) victory over Kansas St. at home on Saturday.You will note that my soon to be published article on the “Smooth Operators” of college basketball (best offensive teams in the land) that Oklahoma is right at the top of the list. They have scored 83 or more points in 12/14 games, average 88 PPG on 48% shooting with an astounding knockdown rate of 46% from the arc. But after a 6-1 ATS start, the line may have caught up to them a bit, as they are just 1-4 ATS since late December. 

Oklahoma St. at 9-6 SU, 5-8 ATS will be playing this as their “Super Bowl.” They will need to play a great team game, as they continue to miss leading scorer, Phil Forte, who may be out for the entire season. Aside the motive of triple revenge and the Bedlam rivalry against a possible No 1 team, the Cowboys have the ultra-important ally of their strong home court. For, it is a the Gallagher-Iba Arena where Oklahoma St. has gone 46-11 SU 3+Y, including 6-2 SU this season with their most recent victory coming by a count of (69-48) as 5 point home chalk against TCU. That was followed by road losses by powerful Baylor and WVU, setting up this triple revenge scenario off back to back losses.  

 

Final Analysis
Lots of respect for Sooners HC Kruger, who is among the best road coaches in the country with a long-term record of 91-63 ATS!  But, the situation described above, along with this bloated price tag, makes all the value accrue to the home team tonight. I invite you to put the NCAA Basketball odds in your favor and join me in my NCAA Basketball pick on Oklahoma State.

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