NCAA Basketball Picks for Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:53 PM GMT

The Oklahoma State Cowboys have demonstrated the ability to bounce back on their home floor, as they prepare to take on the Texas Longhorns Wednesday night. Where should we lay our money for our college basketball picks? Find out here!

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference matchup at Gallagher-Iba Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

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Alternating pattern

Texas has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it attempts to bounce back from an 88-85 setback to the Oklahoma Sooners as 6.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.

The Longhorns allowed the Sooners to connect on 13-of-28 shots from beyond the arc—something that could prove troublesome in facing one of the best perimeter teams in the country Wednesday.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 7-17 SU and 11-11 ATS on the road, with the OVER going 13-8 in that situation.

Disappointing effort

Oklahoma State hasn’t been 0-2 in league play since the Big 12’s inaugural season back in 1996-97, as it shot a season-worst 40.4 percent from the floor in dropping its conference opener to Kansas State last Saturday.

The Cowboys played that affair without two key contributors, including freshman guard Stevie Clark, who is questionable to return for this affair after an arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession last week.

Since the 2011-12 campaign, the team is 26-6 SU and 17-13 ATS at home, with the UNDER going 15-8 in 23 opportunities.

Defending the perimeter

College basketball handicappers may want to fade the road underdog in this matchup, considering all three losses for the Longhorns this season have come against perimeter-oriented teams.

Texas is allowing opponents to shoot 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, which has led to 34.2 percent of its points allowed this year.

Quite a combo

The Cowboys have one of the more dynamic backcourt combinations in the country, with Markel Brown and Marcus Smart combining to average 33.4 points per game.

Brown has scored 12.7 points a contest in six career games (five starts) in this series, while Smart averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds in two meetings during the 2012-13 campaign.

Make sure to take a look at the 2013-2014 ACC NCAA Basketball Standings

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cowboys for their college basketball picks, as they’ve gone 5-1 ATS when playing at home off a loss since last season.

Sports bettors should definitely monitor Clark’s status before ultimately pulling the trigger.

College Basketball Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys -13