Oklahoma State at Texas - 3/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

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Texas Longhorns (18-7) vs Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-7)

Game Info: Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 6:00 pm (T-Mobile Center)

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The 12th ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys and 13th ranked Texas Longhorns will square off at the T-Mobile Center in the Big 12 Championship this Saturday night.

The 5-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-7) was able to advance to the Big 12 Championship after defeating the 1-seed Baylor Bears, 83-74, on Friday night. Oklahoma State was outstanding defensively against Baylor and was able to pull away late after closing out the final 2:33 of regulation on a 13-2 run. Oklahoma State shot 47.5% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc while Baylor shot 38.7% from the field and 21.4% from beyond the arc. Oklahoma State was outrebounded by Baylor by a 41-38 margin and committed 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Cade Cunningham who had 25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assits, & 1 steal.

Coming into their game against Baylor, Oklahoma State was averaging 76.5 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Cowboys were averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma State had been led by Cade Cunningham (19.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg), Avery Anderson III (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Isaac Likekele (9.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.0 spg), & Bryce Williams (7.8 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg).

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Defensively, Oklahoma State was allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -1.8.

The 3-seed Texas Longhorns (18-7) advanced to the Semifinals of the Big 12 Championship after their game Kansas had to forfeit their game on Friday due to a member of their program getting Covid-19. Texas comes into this game coming off a solid 67-66 victory over the 6-seed Texas Tech Red Raiders on Thursday. Texas trailed by a 66-61 margin with 4:03 left in regulation, however, the Longhorns defense was great down the stretch and Texas was able to get the victory after Matt Coleman hit the go-ahead FT’s with just 1.8 seconds left in regulation. Texas shot 45.5% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc while Texas Tech shot 40.0% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc. Texas lost the turnover battle by a 20-13 margin, however, did outrebound Texas Tech by a 38-34 margin. Leading the way for the Longhorns was Matt Coleman III who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, & 2 steals.

On the season, Texas is averaging 74.6 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Longhorns are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Texas has been led by Andrew Jones (14.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Courtney Ramey (13.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Matt Coleman III (12.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg), & Greg Brown (10.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg).

Defensively, Texas is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Longhorns have a rebound margin of 4.2 and a turnover margin of -1.6.

The Cowboys are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games. The Longhorns are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. 

Texas is a balanced team as the Longhorns come into this game ranked 94th in scoring offense & 108th in scoring defense, however, they are going to be facing an Oklahoma State team that has won 8 of their last 9 games and defeated Texas in double-OT in their last outing in early February. Oklahoma State has the best player on the court in Cade Cunningham and between the fact that the supporting cast around Cunningham has been outstanding when teams have focused on him and that I think their offense will be able to do some damage against the Longhorns, I think Oklahoma State continues their great run and wins the Big 12 Championship. I am taking Oklahoma State on the money line. Good Luck!

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