Two of the hottest teams in the Big 12 will meet Monday night when No. 24 Oklahoma travels to No. 10 Texas Tech. from it comes today’s Oklahoma Texas Tech pick. Both teams won their Big 12/SEC Challenge games over the weekend.
Now, both will jockey for the lead in a conference loaded with March Madness contenders. Oklahoma beat No. 9 Alabama and Texas Tech scored the final 12 points of the game in a 76-71 win over LSU on Saturday. For the Sooners, it was their third straight win over a top-10 team.
Will that carry over into Monday night’s game?
Game: Oklahoma Sooners (11-4, 10-4-1 ATS) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-5, 7-10 ATS)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, February 1, 2021
Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas
Current Line: TT -5 Total: 138
TV Coverage: ESPN
The problem with that carryover is that leading scorer Austin Reaves (15.8 ppg) and Alondes Williams (7.7 ppg) probably will not play on Monday night. Both missed the win over Alabama due to COVID-19 and will likely not be cleared to play against the Red Raiders.
Without the pair, Oklahoma will have to rely on sophomore De’Vion Harmon (13.1 ppg) and junior Umoja Gibson who averages 9.1 points a game but shoots over 43 percent from three-point range.
On the other end, Texas Tech has just completed the toughest part of their schedule going 2-2 in the process. That included wins over Texas and LSU and close losses to No. 2 Baylor and No. 11 West Virginia.
College basketball fans know the Red Raiders have won four of their last six games and have done so on the back of guard Mac McClung. The Georgetown transfer leads Texas Tech in scoring averaging 17.5 points a game. In his last four games, McClung has been on fire scoring 24.5 points a game.
Texas Tech has also produced some tough wins by forcing turnovers (17.3 per game). Tonight’s Oklahoma Texas Tech pick could come down to this.
Oklahoma Texas Tech Pick
The Red Raiders are the 18th-best team in the country at forcing turnovers. In their recent win over Texas, Texas Tech forced 15 turnovers in the 79-77 victory over the Longhorns.
In addition, the Red Raiders don’t turn the ball over much themselves and they can rebound at an elite level, especially on the offensive end. They are 21st in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage.
What it all comes down to is this. Oklahoma is just 4-9 SU in its last 13 road games. They are only 1-5 SU in their last six games at Texas Tech. Without their leading scorer and another key component, the Sooners just won’t have what it takes to stay with the Red Raiders.
Oklahoma Texas Tech Pick: TEXAS TECH -5
Pick by Coach Rick