As we prepare to head into the final week of the season, the quest to finish at the top of the college basketball rankings continues. It appears as though things are going to get shaken up again, with current #1 Villanova losing to #5 Xavier earlier in the week, and that may just open the door for the Oklahoma Sooners who are currently sitting at #3. They have already won their first game of the week, but have a tougher task to face this weekend when they have to head to Texas to face the Longhorns. There is no guarantee that they will be back at the top with a win, but they would most certainly have to be in the discussion. There are only a few opportunities left to get your regular season NCAA basketball betting game on, and this is one of the best ones to take a look at on Saturday.
Oklahoma Sooners Vs Texas Longhorns NCAAB Odds, TV and Game Info
Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners (22-5, 10-5) are most likely not going to land at the top of the Big-12 by the time next week draws to a close, but they may have a pretty good consolation prize in waiting. There is the distinct opportunity that they could head into March Madness as the #1 overall seed, but they are going to have to win their final 3 games to make that happen. They have 2 of their final 3 games against ranked opponents, which would actually help their cause, and they have to be confident, as Texas and Baylor are both teams that they have already beaten. They come into this one on a modest 2-game winning streak, but are riding high after taking out #10 West Virginia last weekend. The Sooners are averaging 82.1 PPG, and are giving up 70.2 PPG.
Why bet on the Texas Longhorns
Texas (18-10, 9-6) have the unenviable task of playing the current #3 and #2 ranked teams in their next two games, but they may well be relishing the prospect of playing a major role in who finishes the season as the top ranked team in the nation. The Longhorns have shown that they are not afraid to go head to head with the big boys this season, and they have taken out 5 different ranked teams over the course of the year. That said, they did lose to the Sooners the last time out, but that one did come on the road, and was only a 3-point losing margin. The Longhorn are averaging 72.4 PPG, and are giving up 68.0 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I really don’t see the Sooners passing up the opportunity to get back to the #1 spot, and while this is not going to be an easy one by any stretch of the imagination, I do like them to get the win.
Oklahoma Sooners 78 Texas Longhorns 72