Oklahoma visits TCU in a Big 12 clash on Tuesday night. Oklahoma is coming off a very close loss to Baylor at home, while TCU is coming off a stunning blowout on the road against Kansas. This should be an interesting matchup for the Big 12 race. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Oklahoma vs. TCU Odds
TCU is a 6.5-point home favorite against Oklahoma and is at -280 on the money line. The over/under is also at 137.5. TCU being favored here makes sense because of how they’ve looked recently and they are the home team too. The over/under makes sense too because these two teams can score, but are better on defense. This spread should stay where it’s at before tip-off too.
Oklahoma vs. TCU Prediction & Pick
The pick: TCU -6.5
TCU is on a roll lately and there’s no sign of it slowing down, especially against Oklahoma. TCU looked like world beaters this past weekend with a statement blowout win against Kansas on the road.
Mike Miles Jr. might be the best point guard in all of college basketball right now. He leads the team in points, assists, and steals and is a do-it-all player for the Horned Frogs this year. Emanuel Miller and Damion Baugh have stepped up too behind Miles Jr. and have a lot of scoring production for TCU off the wing. A big key is going to be Eddie Lampkin Jr. down low, who’s a big physical presence in the paint and leads the Horned Frogs in rebounding. He’s the key for TCU’s defense too.
As a team, TCU doesn’t excel in any one thing, but is just solid across the board at a lot. They are better on defense than on offense, but not by much.
On the other side, Oklahoma’s been a disappointment this year. They have struggled to score consistently as a team at points this year. Grant Sherfield is the primary scorer for Oklahoma at point guard, but he does almost everything for the Sooners too. He leads the team in scoring and assists too. Tanner Groves has been very good down low for the Sooners too and is the second-leading scorer, while also being the leader in rebounds and blocks per game. Jalen Hill and Jacob Groves provide some boost off the wing too on both offense and defense.
As a team, the Sooners excel on the defensive side of the court, but have had issues this year finding a consistent source of offense. That lack of offense is very concerning against TCU.
The Horned Frogs have the defense to shut teams down like the Sooners and are going to have the home crowd on their side too. TCU should win at home, but this game could be close for a bit before the Horned Frogs eventually pull away.
Oklahoma vs. TCU Key Matchups
Can Grant Sherfield matchup with Mike Miles Jr.? Can Eddie Lampkin Jr. matchup with Tanner Groves?
Mike Miles Jr. vs Grant Sherfield
Mike Miles Jr. is playing as well as any point guard in all of college basketball right now. He averages 19 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up with Grant Sherfield most of the game who averages 17 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds per game for the season. This is going to be a great matchup because there’s not a huge gap in talent for each player. These two are also very similar. Whoever can gain the upper-hand here should win the game because of how important each player is.
Tanner Groves vs Eddie Lampkin Jr.
Tanner Groves is a difference maker for the Sooners this year. He averages 11 points, 2 assists, and 7 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up with Eddie Lampkin Jr. most of the game, who averages 8 points, 1 assist, and 7 rebounds per game for the season. This is going to be a big matchup because of how different each player is from the other. Groves can shoot from almost anywhere from the floor and can stretch a defense, while Lampkin Jr. mainly plays down low. This will be a big matchup for who wins because each player is so important for each other’s team.