Dave's College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State (Jan. 26)

dave darbySenior Analyst IJanuary 26, 2009

Oklahoma has won seven in a row, including their latest victory against Baylor, 95-76. Baylor was never in this game and the Sooners have now defeated the Baylor Bears 29 straight times.

Blake Griffin was his usual self, scoring 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds despite a collapsing zone meant to slow down the All-American. There are several theories on how to stop Griffin, and this one didn’t work.

Do you double-team him, pack a zone, or man him and shut down the rest of the team? The packed zone opened up opportunities for Griffins teammates and they came through. Taylor Griffin (18 points), Willie Warren (17 points) and Tony Crocker (12 points) all scored over their season averages.

Meanwhile, the defense held Baylor to 34.6 percent shooting which is about 15 percentage points below their season average.

Oklahoma State got the big road win they needed in beating Nebraska 76-74 in overtime on Saturday. The Cowboys shot a sizzling 54.7 percent both from the field and from the three-point line.

For the season, Oklahoma State is shooting 41.5 percent from behind the arch to rank No. 2 in the nation in that category. That three-point production has led the Cowboys to a No. 4 national ranking in total points scored at 85.4 per game.

ATS: Oklahoma is 9-6 ATS including 4-2 on the road Oklahoma State is 6-5-1 ATS including 5-1-1 at home. This should be a high scoring, fun game to watch.

Both teams can light it up, but Oklahoma has the better chance to have success on the defensive end.

The supporting cast for Griffin is improving and taking advantage of open shots, and the Sooners should be able to pull out a good road win.

Dave’s Pick: Oklahoma -4

 

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