Oklahoma Vs Washington State NCAA Basketball Lines Preview
Given the option, most of us would likely jump at the chance for a trip to Hawaii over the holidays. The Oklahoma Sooners and Washington State Cougars will be there on Tuesday, December 22, but it will be all business when they hook up at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Tip-off for this College Hoops Odds game is set for 11 PM EST on ESPNU.
Sooners vs Cougars NCAA Basketball Lines Preview
The undefeated Sooners are very well deserving of their #3 ranking right now, and are also deserving of their straight up odds of -1375. The Cougars are a pretty good team, too, and might well be worth a look at a point spread of +14. These are two teams that are capable of scoring, but who can also play good defense, which makes the OVER/UNDER a rather tasty proposition.
Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners at odds of -14
The Sooner have not played as many games as some of the other ranked teams, but they have still done well to come away with an 8-0 start to the season. 6 of those 8 wins have come on home court, which is why this road trip may end up being a little trickier for them. Oklahoma have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall, and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games versus an opponent with a winning record of .600 or better. The last 5 games that the Sooner have played versus a Pacific opponent has seen the UNDER go 4-0-1. Oklahoma is averaging 87.8 PPG versus 64.4 PPG against.
Why bet on the Washington State Cougars at odds of +15
After a stretch of games that saw them lose 2 of 3, the Cougars (7-2) have rebounded to win back to back games. 8 of the 9 games that Washington State has played this season have been on home court, and this will be their first neutral site game of the year. It will be interesting to see how they adjust to life away from home. Tuesday games have been good to the Cougars, as they have gone 5-1 ATS in their last 6. They are also 4-1 ATS when coming into a game after an ATS loss. The last 4 games that the Cougars have played versus the Big-12 have gone UNDER. Washington State is averaging 78.3 PPG versus 68.2 PPG against.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This promises to be a bit of a challenge for both teams given that they have played the majority of their games at home so far this season. I think it is the Sooners who are better equipped to deal with life away from home, and I like them to get the win here.
My Prediction is: Oklahoma Sooners 82 Washington State Cougars 68