February 15, 2013
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No NBA this weekend; no problem
While the NBA is on break for its All-Star festivities and some bettors may turn to things like the dunk competition for novelty action, there is still a full slate of college basketball games on the card to look forward too. Here are a couple of big ones bettors should be aware of this weekend:
Saturday 1:30 p.m. ET: Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
No matter the sport, this in-state collegiate rivalry always has some bite to it and this game will be no different. A ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys team is at home and will likely be mid-range favorites (5 or more) in a revenge game against the Sooners.
In their first meeting this year, Oklahoma jumped out to a fast start and took a 38-29 lead into halftime. That was a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish in the 77-68 win as the Cowboys tried desperately to get back into it in the 2nd half. But when you shoot 39% from the field and allow your opponent to hit 61% of their 3-point attempts, chances of a comeback are awful slim.
This time around the Cowboys get to be at home against the Sooners; a building they are 4-0 SU in the past for against them. Oklahoma State was already a good team but after beating Kansas IN Kansas a few weeks back, their confidence level has risen to new heights as they’ve recently destroyed Texas and Texas Tech; both on the road.
I think the Cowboys get their sweet revenge in this one as the home team is 9-1 SU in the past 10 meetings and are 5-1-1 ATS after scoring 90 or more.
Don’t be hesitant to lay points with Oklahoma State here.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. ET: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
After a tough loss on Thursday night in Minnesota the tired Wisconsin Badgers return home looking for revenge against an Ohio State team that already beat them this year.
That loss to Minnesota was the third straight overtime game for Wisconsin and while they posted a 2-1 SU record in those contests, this has to be a game they will be excited for. They lost 58-59 at the end of January to the Buckeyes as a dismal 2nd half buried them.
Wisconsin was up 26-24 at the break but proceeded to get outscored 34-23 in the 2nd half as Ohio State caught fire from the field (51%) and the Badgers started to settle for too many 3-point attempts (28). Now back in their own building where they have already beaten the likes of Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois, Wisconsin should be able to put Thursday’s loss behind them and win this game outright.