Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Prediction: Will Oklahoma Storm the Court?

Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech prediction and pick for Wednesday's college basketball marquee matchup on ESPNU. Handicapper Jason Radowitz breaks down the game and gives us his pick for this Big 12 showdown.
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Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Prediction: Will Oklahoma Storm the Court?

The Oklahoma Sooners will welcome a top 25 ranked opponent to Lloyd Noble Center. That opponent will be the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who are 18-5 on the year and currently ranked ninth in the nation via the AP Poll. Texas Tech is currently 7-3 in conference play but hasn't played the Sooners yet this season. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has really struggled as of late, losing seven of its last eight games this season.

Can Oklahoma pull off a home upset against Texas Tech? Here are our picks and predictions for the Big 12 matchup between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma Sooners.

Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Wednesday, February 9

Game Time: 9:00 pm ET

Where to Watch: ESPNU

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Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Injury Report

Texas Tech

Questionable: Adonis Arms G (Upper Body), Terrence Shannon Jr. (Knee)

Out: Ethan Duncan G (Undisclosed)

Oklahoma

Questionable: Marvin Johnson G (Ankle)

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Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech Prediction

The Oklahoma Sooners have drastically underperformed expectations this season. Meanwhile, Texas Tech has been dominant, especially on the defensive end. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are allowing teams to shoot an effective field goal percentage of 44.6 percent while earning 23.5 percent turnovers. This is huge, knowing that Oklahoma has been careless with the basketball this season, giving the ball away 21.9 percent of the time. The Red Raiders are holding opponents to just 30.5 percent from deep and 43.6 percent from inside. But despite the dominant defense inside, it's going to be challenging getting stops against Oklahoma inside.

The Sooners don't do much well this season but inside is the one area that they have played well. Oklahoma is shooting 58.1 percent from inside the arc on the year and will be a handful for Texas Tech inside regardless of how good Texas Tech has been down low. Still, Oklahoma isn't earning many offensive rebounds and doesn't get to the line at a high rate, even though the Sooners shoot 75.1 percent at the line.

On the flip side, Oklahoma's defense is what has kept them in games this season. The Sooners have held opponents to 30.4 percent from deep and 49.2 percent from inside. The Sooners will still force turnovers and have plenty of potential against Texas Tech to earn a solid amount of turnovers as well.

Texas Tech is turning the ball over 19.6 percent of the time while Oklahoma is earning 21.7 percent turnovers. So there's room for the Sooners to win back a bunch of turnovers as well. Plus, the Red Raiders are shooting just 32 percent from downtown while Oklahoma is allowing just 30.4 percent from deep this season on the defensive end.

Texas Tech wins games on the glass and always earns a lot of points at the charity stripe. If Oklahoma can keep Texas Tech away from its averages in those two categories, they'll have a chance at winning this game. Ultimately, it's not the defense that's in question right now. It's the offense. But inside, Oklahoma might shock Texas Tech a bit.

I'll take Oklahoma +3.5, at home. We might see another court storm tonight.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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