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How and what to watch for No. 15 Texas vs. No. 16 Oklahoma

The Longhorns will be looking to get revenge after an early-season loss to their rival.

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Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lon Kruger coaches his team against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during a time out in the second half at Lloyd Noble Center. Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 15 Texas Longhorns are looking for revenge and to make a late-season push in the Big 12 when they take on the No. 16 Oklahoma Sooners Thursday night.

Earlier in the season when these two teams met, Texas (15-7, 9-6 Big 12) fell by one point in Austin. Since that loss they’ve gone 4-4, losing two of their last four overall. Their offense is averaging around 75 points per game and they don’t have one go-to guy who powers the offense. The Longhorns' leading scorer is Andrew Jones, but he is scoring about 15 points in each contest. They also have Courtney Ramey and Matt Coleman III right behind him, with 14 and 13 points per game respectively. On defense, UT is allowing their opponents to score about 69 points per contest and are ranked as the 34th most efficient defense in the nation, according to KenPom.

The Sooners (14-8, 9-7 Big 12) look virtually identical to Texas from a statistical standpoint. They’re averaging 76 points per game and are allowing 69 points to their opponents each time out. But they’ve been struggling recently, heading into this game on a three-game losing streak. OU isn’t as diverse on offense, having Austin Reaves score the lion’s share of their points each time out. He’s averaging over 17 points per game and they have just one other player averaging more than 11 points.

KenPom is giving Oklahoma a 53% chance to win this one, primarily because the game is happening at home for them.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Texas vs. Oklahoma on Thursday, March 4th at 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the ESPN 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: Oklahoma -2
Point Total: 143
Moneyline: Texas +112, Oklahoma -134

  • The Longhorns have struggled to cover games recently, going 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games.
  • The over has hit in 12 of the last 15 games Texas has played
  • The over has hit in all but two of Oklahoma’s last six games
  • The Sooners aren’t a consistent cover team either, going 1-5 ATS in their last six.

The Best Bet

Considering where the point total is on this one, the team’s average points scored, points allowed, and the recent trends, it’s pretty easy to see the over hitting here. This game should be close and could go either way, so all other bets are far riskier here.

Pick: Over 143

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