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How and what to watch for No. 24 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Texas

The Red River Rivalry takes to the hardwood without one head coach on Tuesday night

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Head coach Shaka Smart of the Texas Longhorns talks with Kamaka Hepa during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum on February 22, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

College basketball’s best game on Tuesday night is the No. 24 Oklahoma Sooners shipping down to Austin to take on the No. 5 Texas Longhorns in a key Big 12 battle.

Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3 Big 12) got a huge 75-68 win over Kansas last Saturday, led by 22 points from sophomore guard De’Vion Harmon. OU outrebounded one of the top teams in America 36-26, and made 18-22 free throws to seal the victory. The Sooners only turn it over on 14.7% of possessions, one of the ten-lowest rates in college basketball, and enter on a three-game winning streak in what might be the best conference in the sport.

The Longhorns will be without their head coach Shaka Smart who has tested positive for COVID-19. Add to that questionable status for UT freshman forward Greg Brown, as well as rotation players Kai Jones and Brock Cunningham. All three missed a 82-67 win over Kansas State last Saturday. Texas (11-2, 5-1 Big 12) ranks in the Top 16 nationally in both adjusted offensive and defensive efficiency, and allow opponents an assist on just 35.7% of field goals, the second-best rate in America, showing they force teams to make difficult baskets.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Oklahoma vs. Texas on Tuesday, January 26th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Texas -5
Point Total: 143
Money line: Oklahoma +180, Texas -225

  • OU is 6-1 ATS in their last seven games, with the under hitting in eight of the last 10.
  • UT is 2-5 in their last seven vs. the number, and the over has hit in six straight.

The Best Bet

It’s really tough to win back-to-back games against Top 10 teams, and Texas might be a bit motivated without their head coach. This is a tough one to handicap because emotion and preparation are hard to gauge, but if Texas has Greg Brown we’ll ride with them to pull away in Austin.

Pick: Texas -5

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