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Tuesday December 22nd NCAAB Texas Tech at Oklahoma Pick and Betting Preview

#16 Red Raiders Try to Bounce Back from Loss to Kansas

Tuesday night’s NCAAB Texas Tech at Oklahoma pick looks like it’s set to be a good one. The 6-2 Red Raiders will play their first true road game of the season when they visit the Lloyd Nobel Center to face 5-1 Oklahoma. TTU had won four straight in the series, but the Sooners posted a 65-51 win in Norman the last meeting as +1.5 home underdogs.

Red Raiders Ready to Get Back On the Court

Texas Tech comes into Tuesday night’s tilt off their second loss of the season, a hard-fought 58-57 defeat at the hands of Kansas last Thursday as -3.5 home favorites. The Red Raiders got 20+ point performances from both of their dynamic duo, Terrance Shannon Jr. and Mac McClung, but a 6-23 night from three point range doomed Texas Tech.

Chris Beard’s team did a relatively good job of holding the Kansas offense in check, limiting the #3 scoring offense in the Big 12 to under 60 points. Things don’t get any easier in the NCAAB Texas Tech at Oklahoma pick though as the Sooners can put up points too, as their 85.3 ppg is 2nd in the conference and 33rd best in the nation.

Oddsmakers have the betting total at 136.5 for this matchup, but five of the last six meetings between the two have gone ‘under.’ Both McClung and Shannon had their highest scoring games of the season last time out, but two starters, Kyler Edwards and Marcus Santos-Silva, didn’t score while the bench had just 8 points vs. Kansas.

Oklahoma Faces First Test In Awhile

The Sooners offense has looked good their last three games, netting 85, 79, and 84 points over that span. The quality of competition hasn’t been the greatest though, as OU has been at least a -16.5 favorite in wins over Florida A&M, Oral Roberts, and Houston Baptist.

The Sooners do get a test Tuesday night against Texas Tech, but they are playing in Norman where OU is 4-0 on the year. Oklahoma’s lone blemish this season came in a 99-77 loss at Xavier. The Musketeers were red hot in that game though, shooting 57% from the field and 59% from three point range.

Oklahoma might struggle to get their points against a Texas Tech defense that is #2 in the nation allowing just 52.4 ppg. Much like the Sooners, TTU has had a mostly easy go of it as at least -14 point favorites in six of eight games. The Red Raiders get another test against 2 of the top 5 leading scorers in the conference in Brady Manek (16.7ppg) and Austin Reaves (16.3).

Free NCAAB Texas Tech at Oklahoma Pick

Texas Tech is looking for a bounce back game, and they’re -2.5 favorites in Norman on Tuesday night. Oklahoma definitely has value at home, especially the way they can score the basketball albeit against some mostly sub-par competition.

Both teams are top-heavy with their scoring, and the Red Raiders especially got next to nothing from their reserves in last week’s loss vs. Kansas. That’s not a good recipe for a Texas Tech team getting set to play their first true road game, even if attendance in Norman is limited to 25% capacity.
Oklahoma 70 – Texas Tech 62

Pick: Oklahoma +2.5

Carl Taylor

Every loss is a chance to learn a lesson. That being said, wins are so much more enjoyable. Follow along to tap into the wisdom I've learned from 20 years as a sports bettor. Follow along on Twitter for more picks and DFS news @dailydogsports.

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