The Sooners have upset on their minds heading into the February 25th Texas Tech at Oklahoma betting pick. OU is a +2 point home underdog on Tuesday but are an impressive 11-2 in Norman on the season. This game will be held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena however, the first time a Big 12 regular season game is at an NBA venue.
Of course there’s still some value on the #21 ranked Red Raiders. TTU has beaten Oklahoma four straight times and has won 5 of their last 6 overall. Texas Tech is clicking after a 30-point win in Ames over the weekend, but what is the atmosphere going to be like in this game?
Texas Tech Has Dominated OU Lately
The Red Raiders have now rattled off 4 straight over the Sooners including a 69-61 win on February 4th but as -8.5 favorites. TJ Holyfield led TTU with 21 points with Kyler Edwards adding 17 and Jahmi’us Ramsey 13. Can the Red Raiders shoot 56% from three again though in the February 25th Texas Tech at Oklahoma free pick?
The Red Raiders are just 3-5 on the road this season but may have an advantage with this game being at the neutral site of the Chesapeake Energy Arena – the home of the OKC Thunder. Overall the Red Raiders have played well on the road lately though, losing by just 3 at Oklahoma State (although they were a -3 favorite) and 3 at Kansas as +8 ‘dogs. TTU also has a win in Texas this month.
TTU is coming off an 87-57 win at Iowa State as Ramsey scored 25 points – giving ISU their worst ever loss at the Hilton Coliseum. It also marked the first sweep in the series for the Red Raiders so they do have momentum.
The Gauntlet Continues For OU
It’s hard to know where the Sooners’ collective heads will be at heading into the February 25th Oklahoma at Texas Tech prediction. Oklahoma has dropped three straight games, but two were against top 3 teams in the country vs. Baylor and Kansas. Lon Kruger’s team is coming off a 66-83 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday though. The Cowboys are 4-11 in the Big 12, 2nd to last. OU was a +1.5 underdog in that game however.
Oklahoma has dropped 4 in a row to Texas Tech, but 3 of those games were in Lubbock. That doesn’t excuse a 66-54 Red Raiders win last February in Norman in a PK game however. Oklahoma is 11-2 at home this season with the only defeats being to Kansas and Baylor – both by double digits though.
The Sooners need this game as they are currently project as the last 4 in according to Joe Lunardi. Texas Tech’s defense is really coming together though ranking #12 in the country in defensive efficiency and top 40 in opponents shooting percentage. That isn’t great timing for an Oklahoma team that has shot 24-67 (36%), 19-52 (37%), and 21-55 (38%) from the field their last three games. The Sooners are also just 20-71 (28%) from three over that span.
February 25th Texas Tech at Oklahoma betting pick
Does the somewhat neutral site game in Oklahoma City help or hurt the Sooners in this one? It’s just a 40 minute ride from the OU campus, but could also draw a lot of Texas Tech alumni and fans. Ultimately, the Red Raiders defense should carry them in this one as OU is struggling offensively right now. The total also seems high at 138.5.
Pick: Texas Tech -2