NCAA Basketball Picks for Oklahoma State vs. Texas

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:45 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 2:45 PM GMT

The Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Longhorns could both be playing without their stars Tuesday night, as the two teams prepare to close out their regular season series.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference showdown at the Frank Erwin Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Tough times

Oklahoma State is 0-4 SUATS over its last four games, as it looks to bounce back from a 65-61 defeat to the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 6.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 146.5.

The Cowboys will be playing the first of three games without the services of star point guard Marcus Smart, who has been suspended by the Big 12 due to an altercation with a fan in Lubbock.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-5 SU and 1-4 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points on the college basketball odds board.

Looking to get back on track

Texas had its seven-game winning streak snapped last Saturday, as it dropped a 74-57 decision to the Kansas State Wildcats as 3.5-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.

The Longhorns may have to play without leading scorer and second leading rebounder Jonathan Holmes, who suffered a knee injury against the Wildcats and is listed as a game-time decision for this primetime contest.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 10-1 SU and 4-7 ATS as favorites this season.

Close calls

The Cowboys are certainly capable of covering the number listed on the SBR Odds page, considering six of their seven losses have been by six or fewer points.

Oklahoma State has also won the last four meetings in this series, including a 87-74 victory as 12.5-point home favorites on Jan. 8.

There’s no place like home

The Longhorns have won eight of their last nine games against the Cowboys at this venue, while they’ve picked up victories in six of seven contests decided by three points or less during the 2013-14 campaign.

Texas will need freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor to continue his strong play in hopes of covering this number, as he’s averaged 19.5 points and converted 27-of-29 free throws over his last four games.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Longhorns as one of their college basketball picks, as the favorite is 8-2-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

College Basktball Pick: Texas Longhorns -4

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