Big 12 Conference Tournament First Round betting preview and odds

The First Round of the Big 12 Tournament gets underway in Kansas City and features the Texas Tech Red Raiders who must win Wednesday or their NCAA Tournament bubble will burst.

Tournament to be played at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Oklahoma Sooners vs. TCU Horned Frogs (Pick, Off)

The Sooners beat TCU 73-68 on Saturday in Norman behind 22 points from Kameron McGusty and 19 points and 13 rebounds from Kristian Doolittle to earn a season split of the series. The win also marked the sixth consecutive game the Sooners have covered. Oklahoma, which lost leading scorer Jordan Woodard (14.6 points, team-high 38 3-pointers) for the season with a knee injury Feb. 11, won two of its last three games after dropping nine of 10. With Woodard out, the 6-5 freshman McGusty (10.9 points), named to the Big 12 All-Newcomer Team, was the team’s leading scorer in conference games at 14.4 points – third among league freshman.

The Horned Frogs knocked off Oklahoma 60-57 on Jan. 3 behind 18 points and six assists from Alex Robinson, as all five Oklahoma starters failed to reach double figures, combining for 22 points on 9-for-31 shooting, but that seems like ages ago. TCU was at one point 17-7 and seemed almost certain to reach the “Big Dance”, but since then they have dropped seven in a row, going 1-6 ATS in the process. In fact, the Horned Frogs are just 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games. The Horned Frogs are led by 6-11 junior Vladimir Brodziansky (13.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks – second in Big 12), a second team All-Conference performer as selected by the coaches, and 6-7 junior guard Kenrich Williams, who averages 10.2 points and 9.4 rebounds – second in the Big 12.

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* Oklahoma is 6-0 ATS in its last six games overall.
* TCU is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games overall.
* Under is 4-0 in Oklahoma’s last four games overall.
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.

Texas Longhorns vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (-4.5, OFF)

Texas ended its season on a seven-game losing streak, going 0-6-1 ATS in the process, including a 75-64 loss in its finale to Baylor on Saturday despite 20 points and nine rebounds from Jarrett Allen, as well as 14 points and nine boards from Shaquille Cleare. The Longhorns are 3-12 since leading scorer Tevin Mack (14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 34 3-pointers in 15 games) was suspended for a second time this season on Jan. 12 and granted his release from the program last week. In Mack’s absence, 6-11 freshman forward Allen (13.6 points, 8.5 rebounds) has emerged as a potential first-round NBA pick, averaging 16.2 points on 60 percent shooting, 9.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks over 34.6 minutes in conference play.

The Red Raiders dropped four of their last five games, including a ninth straight road (3-6 ATS) defeat 61-48 at Kansas State on Saturday, and they haven’t won back-to-back games since December. Junior guard Keenan Evans, a third team All-Big 12 pick as selected by the coaches, leads the team in scoring (15.5 points) and assists (3.1) and shoots 44 percent beyond the arc. Zach Smith, a 6-8 junior forward, contributes 12.3 points and team highs of 7.2 rebounds (fifth in the Big 12) and 43 blocks (seventh).

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* Texas 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall.
* Favorite is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings.
* Under is 5-1 in Texas’ last six games overall.
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.


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