NCAA Basketball Picks:#6 Oklahoma To Crush Central Arkansas & Cover 29.5 Point Spread

Joe Catalano

Thursday, December 3, 2015 4:18 PM GMT

Tonight, the Sooners get an easy matchup against Central Arkansas on the NCAA basketball odds board. This game will come down to how many points will Oklahoma win by? 

Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. EST tonight at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. As previously stated, according to 5Dimes, the Sooners are a massive 31 point favorites on the NCAA basketball odds and the betting total for the game is listed at 159.5.

To make things worse for the Bears, they haven't won a road game in almost two years! A win is never automatic, but this game is just about as automatic as it gets.

 

All American
Senior guard, Buddy Hield, has had a memorable time during his collegiate years, gradually improving his game to the point where he's one of the best players in the nation and on a team that can compete for a national championship.

For the season, Hield is averaging 22 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He's so good that he's coming off of a 5 for 16 shooting performance against Wisconsin and is still shooting 50% from the field on the season and Wisconsin is a tough team to look good against offensively.

Despite that fact, Oklahoma still won the game. As we get back to Hield, he's shooting 52.4% from beyond the arc and nearly 90% from the free throw line. This is a player that also plays spectacular defense. There are virtually no weaknesses to his game and he's just one player on a sensational team in the form of OU.

 

Ryan Spangler
The Sooners are a team with a great deal of experience with senior forward, Ryan Spangler defending the boards and also having the ability to take smart shots. Number "00" is averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game while shooting 63.6% from the field. Spangler attempts less than 10 shots per game, but the percentage speaks for itself. He's also capable of knocking down the 3-ball and plays tough defense. Spangler was a huge reason for the win over Wisconsin as he had 20 points and 14 rebounds. When one player has a weak game, there's always another to carry him and this is the way this team works.

Add in the contributions of senior guard, Isaiah Cousins and this is a team with unmatchable experience and talent that can't be stopped. 

 

Do the Bears Have a Chance?
Central Arkansas' defensive deficiencies fits right into Oklahoma's strengths. The Bears have allowed 73 points or more in every game and usually allow in the 80's and 90's. This is indicative in the betting total for the game.

5 foot 11 guard, Jordan Howard, will need to play his best game of the season as he leads the Bears at 16.8 points per game to go along with 43.5% from 3-point range. Central Arkansas has other contributors such as Derreck Brooks (13 points, 5.5 rebounds) and Justin Foreman (11.7 points, 46.7% from 3-point range), but let's face the fact that the Bears can't even beat the bad teams nevermind one of the best teams in the nation in the Oklahoma Sooners. Look for the Sooners as your NCAA basketball pick to put a beating on the Bears and cover the massive 31 point spread.

NCAA Basketball Pick: Oklahoma -29.5 at 5Dimes

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