Houston vs Oklahoma Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

Oklahoma (19-9) vs Houston (25-3)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 8:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)

Betting Odds: Oklahoma +6 - Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Cougars will head up to Norman to meet the Oklahoma Sooners in Big 12 play this Saturday from the Lloyd Noble Center on ESPN. Houston comes in as 6-point road favorites, with the total sitting at 130. Stay tuned for our Houston vs Oklahoma Prediction.  

Houston Preview: Cougars Closing in on Inaugural Season Crown

Houston improved to 25-3 after defeating Cincinnati at home, 67-59. The Cougars used a strong two-way effort to take down the Bearcats, and they’ll look to extend their winning streak this Saturday in Norman. Houston is scoring 73.9 points per game, on 44.1% shooting, while allowing 51.0 ppg, and they’re currently first in the Big 12 with a 12-3 record in conference play. The Cougars are 9-1 over their previous ten games, and they’ve gone 4-3 on the road this season. 

Houston Team Profile

  • Kelvin Sampson’s squad takes a rugged approach offensively, averaging 66.5 possessions per game (346th), and they’ve been solid from beyond the arc, knocking down 34.4% of their three-point shots (159th).
  • Baylor transfer LJ Cryer went for a game-high 26 points in the win over Texas, and he leads Houston in scoring (15.0).
  • Veteran guard Jamal Shead poured in 26 points in the Iowa State victory, and he’s up to 13.3 ppg and a team-leading 5.8 apg.
  • Sophomore guard Emanuel Sharp has reached 15 points or more in three of the last four games, and he’s third on the team at 12.6 ppg. 
  • Senior forward J’Wan Roberts scored a team-high 20 points in the Cincinnati matchup, and he leads the Cougars in rebounding (7.0), while scoring 9.0 ppg

Oklahoma Preview: Can the Sooners Leave Their Mark on the Big 12?

Oklahoma enters at 19-9 after losing to Iowa State in Ames, 58-45. The Sooners were held to a season-low in points, and they’ll look to come thru as home underdogs here against the Cougars. Oklahoma is scoring 76.7 points per game, on 47.3% shooting, while allowing 66.6 ppg, and they’re currently 8th in the Big 12 with a 6-6 record in conference play. The Sooners are 4-6 over their previous ten games, and they’re 13-2 in Norman this season. 

Oklahoma Team Profile

  • Porter Moser’s group mixes things up offensively, averaging 69.9 possessions per game (227th), but they’ve knocked down 34.3% of their treys (163rd). 
  • Siena transfer Javian McCollum has struggled over the last two games, but he still leads OU in scoring (14.0).  
  • Newark native Otega Oweh (12.3 ppg) has also cooled off this month, as he’s failed to reach double figures in five straight games.  
  • Junior guard Jalon Moore led the way with 23 points in the win over Kansas State, and he leads Oklahoma in rebounding (6.0), while scoring 10.4 ppg.  

Houston vs Oklahoma Trends

  • Oklahoma has won two of three previous meetings. 
  • HOU is 13-13-2 against the spread, with a 12-16 O/U record
  • OU is 14-14 ATS, with a 12-16 over/under record.

Houston vs Oklahoma Prediction

Houston has brought their winning ways to the Big 12, and with their counterparts on their way out, we should see that trend continue. Oklahoma got off to a great start this season, but the overall depth of the conference has caught up with them, and they’ve played .500 ball since the start of January. Houston’s got to remain sharp with Iowa State on their heels atop the standings, and I believe they’ll come thru on their end with a victory this Saturday night in Norman.

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