Oklahoma State vs. Texas Betting Preview for Tuesday: Dance Lessons Begin Now for Cowboys

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Timmy Allen #0 of the Texas Longhorns drives to the basket against the Illinois Fighting Illini on December 06, 2022. Dustin Satloff/Getty Images/AFP.

Final Score: Texas 68 – Oklahoma State 59

NCAAB Pick: Texas -7 (-110) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

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Tuesday night finds a rematch taking place in the Big 12, and we’re analyzing the numbers and trends for the winning college basketball pick in the collision between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Texas Longhorns.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Texas Longhorns

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – 09:00 PM EST at Moody Center

There is no question that the Big 12 is one of the deepest college hoops conferences – if not the deepest – in the country from top to bottom, but as the teams beat up on each other in league play, the list of March Madness qualifiers is shrinking.

One of the teams that has been drifting from the deep end of the pool to the shallow end is Oklahoma State, and for the Cowboys to go dancing in March, they need an attention-getting win like the opportunity that Tuesday’s matchup with the Texas Longhorns presents.

Top 6 in Big 12 Just 2-Games Apart

This week’s conference slate has the wrinkle of the Big 12/SEC Challenge that takes place this weekend. That means that each Big 12 team just has one league game on this week’s fixture to help them in the standings and seedings for the postseason tourney a little more than six weeks away in Kansas City.

Kansas State, a 15/1 pick to win the Big 12 on the college basketball futures before the season, has the lead in a wide-open race. Texas, one of the preseason favorites, is tied for second with Iowa State while a fast-charging Baylor team is knotted with Kansas in third.

Cowboys’ Thompson Iffy for Tuesday’s Tilt

Mike Boynton and the Cowboys are coming off a pretty good week that included home wins over rival Oklahoma and Iowa State. As nice as those wins were, they still don’t level things out from the three-game losing skid prior to last week.

Technically, Oklahoma State’s 61-59 win over Iowa State this past weekend was not an upset since the Cowboys closed as 1-point favorites at Bookmaker (visit our Bookmaker Review). But the Cyclones reached Stillwater as the No. 12 team in the country and were coming off an upset of Texas themselves.

Oklahoma State trailed by as many as 16 early on before Avery Anderson III started to find his mark on the way to a game-high 18 points.

Even in the silver lining of a victory, there was a black cloud for the Cowboys. Leading scorer Bryce Thompson limped off the court in the second half with a knee injury, and the 6-5 guard from Tulsa is questionable to take the floor on Tuesday.

Defense Propels ‘Horns at WVU

Following the loss in Ames to the Cyclones early last week, Texas made a quick return to the win column in a 69-61 final at West Virginia on Saturday. The Longhorns closed as 1-point road ‘dogs, and used a big second half to move to 9-2 since the whole Chris Beard mess unfolded.

Marcus Carr led the second-half charge for Texas by scoring 19 of his game-high 23 in the final 20 minutes. The Longhorns halted a late Mountaineers rally attempt by holding West Virginia scoreless over the final 2:39 of the game.

Interim head coach Rodney Terry praised the defensive effort after the game. Texas forced 20 turnovers, including nine steals, and outscored the Mountaineers 19-10 off the turnovers.

Rivalry Notes & Betting Trends

Texas traveled to Stillwater just a little more than two weeks ago and brought a 56-46 win over Oklahoma State back to Austin. The defensive battle included neither team scoring over the final 3:58 of the first half.

The Longhorns were favored by 3 in that contest, and the final never even sniffed a 139-point total. Last year’s game in Austin was also a defensive gem, Texas winning that one 56-51 to only cover half of the 10-point spread Longhorn backers were giving up.

  • Texas has won 3 of the last 4 meetings to build a 56-47 edge in the rivalry that dates to 1918.
  • The last 3 clashes – and 4 of the last 5 – never reached the totals on NCAAB odds boards.
  • The Longhorns have won 7 of the last 8 matchups played at Moody Center.

Count on Another Defensive Battle in Rematch

Morning lines at Texas betting sites show the Longhorns chalked between 7 and 8 points, with the scoreboard target running 135.5-136. Texas and Oklahoma State run contrary to each other in the totals column with the Longhorns 10-7-2 O/U/P and the Cowboys 6-12-1.

There’s more confidence in playing the ‘Under’ tonight than betting on either side, but with Thompson’s status for the Cowboys questionable, I’ll bite the bullet and lay the points on the Longhorns.

Final Score: Texas 68 - Oklahoma State 59

NCAAB Pick: Texas -7 (-110) at Bovada

NCAAB Pick: Under 136 (-110) at Bookmaker

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