The Cougars and Sooners are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN2. The Sooners will host the game at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, OK. Houston is favored by -6.5 in this Big 12 conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 129.5 points.

HOUSTON COUGARS VS OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Oklahoma Sooners +6.5

This game will be played at Lloyd Noble Center at 8:00 ET on Saturday, March 2nd.

WHY BET THE OKLAHOMA SOONERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 73-69 in favor of the Sooners.
  • Not only will Oklahoma pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 129.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Will the Cougars Find a Way to Win in Norman?

Coming into this game, Houston has a record of 25-3 and has won five straight games. They are 11-3 in Big 12 play and a perfect 14-0 in non-conference games. On the road, the Cougars are 6-3, and their average scoring margin is +2.0 points per game.

So far this season, Houston has been the favorite in 25 of their 28 games, going 23-2 in those matchups. In their last game, the Cougars defeated Cincinnati by a score of 67-59. Over their last 10 road games, Houston is 7-3.

As the favorite this year, Houston's ATS record is 12-11-2. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 4-4-2. On the road, their ATS mark is just 2-6-1 this season and 3-6-1 over their last 10 road games.

This season, the over/under record in Houston games is 11-15 and today's over/under line of 129.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (133). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points compared to their season average of 129.7 points per game.

Compared to their season average of 73.9 points per game, Houston struggled in their previous game. Against Cincinnati, the Cougars scored 67 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 38.9%. The team's top scorer is LJ Cryer, who enters today's matchup with an average of 15.2, while Jamal Shead also carries a PPG average of 13.1 into the game.

So far, the Cougars' defense is ranked 1st in the country at 56.2 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Cincinnati, the Bearcats finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 59 points vs. Houston.

Can Oklahoma Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

Despite being the underdog, Oklahoma has been much better at home this season, going 15-4 compared to 3-5 on the road. Over their last ten games at home, the Sooners have gone 6-4.

Recently, Oklahoma has been on a three-game losing streak, and they're coming off a 58-45 loss to Iowa State. On the season, they have a 19-9 record, including a 6-8 mark in Big 12 play.

As the underdog, Oklahoma has gone just 3-6 vs. the spread this season. Their overall ATS record is 13-14, but at home, they are just 10-9 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Sooners are just 4-6.

So far this season, the over/under record in Oklahoma games is 11-16 and their matchups have averaged 141.1 points. Today's over/under line of 129.5 is lower than the average OU line of 143.8. This year, 19 of their games have finished with more points than today's line of 129.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points.

Most recently, the Oklahoma offense finished with just 45 points vs. Iowa State. For the game, they hit 3/17 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 32.6%. The team's scoring leader is Javian McCollum, who holds an average of 13.7 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Otega Oweh is averaging 11.9 points per game this season.

Oklahoma's defense has been playing well, ranking 47th nationally, with 66.9 points allowed per game. So far, the Oklahoma defense is giving up an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.7 times per game (582nd).