The Oklahoma Sooners will look to stop the bleeding when they host the Texas Longhorns this week in Norman. In this battle of Big 12 title contenders, which side are you betting on? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Texas Longhorns vs Oklahoma Sooners NCAA College Basketball Game on March 4 2021
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, OK
When: Thursday, March 4, 2021, TBA PM ET
TV Broadcast: TBA
Betting on the Texas Longhorns (odds)
Record: 14-7 Overall / 8-6 Conference
Texas is back to the drawing board after losing to the Texas Tech Red Raiders last Saturday, 68-59. It was a disappointing loss, especially since the Longhorns were coming off a huge home win over the Kansas Jayhawks in the previous game, but at least that setback at the hands of the Red Raiders did not hurt the team’s chances of making the Big Dance. The Longhorns are virtual locks to make the National Tournament, but of course, they want to gain as much momentum heading into the postseason. They will have all the motivation they need this week against Oklahoma, which beat the Longhorns last January in Austin, 80-79. The free-throw disparity in that game was what largely caused Texas’ loss in that game, as the Sooners went 21 of 34 from the foul line, while the Longhorns only hit 15 of 19 from the charity stripe. Texas has to limit its fouls in the rematch to avoid another such defeat. The Longhorns had 29 personal fouls in that game, which was way over their average of 20.5 fouls per contest.
Texas, which has a date with the Iowa State Cyclones this Tuesday, is 5-1 against the spread in its last six road games against Oklahoma.
Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (odds)
Record: 14-8 Overall / 9-7 Conference
The Sooners just want to end a three-game losing skid to end their regular-season schedule. They have absorbed losses to the Kansas State Wildcats and to the Oklahoma State Cowboys twice over their last three games, hurting Oklahoma’s chances for a higher seed in the 2021 March Madness. Nevertheless, Oklahoma can draw confidence from the fact that it has defeated Texas in the first meeting between the two teams. All of Oklahoma’s three most recent losses were away from Norman, so a return to home could be just what the doctor ordered for the Sooners, who are averaging 75.6 points per game this season. The Cowboys are also allowing 69.1 points per contest. They can take advantage again of Texas’ high foul rate to score free points at the free-throw line. Austin Reaves led the Longhorns in the win over Texas with 23 points, while De’Vion Harmon had 13 points and six rebounds.
Oklahoma is 6-2 against the spread in its last eight games at home
Oklahoma wins, 72-71.
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