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College sports betting: Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State

College sports betting here does not involve a clash of collegiate football but between two basketball programs. On Saturday, the Texas Tech Raiders (12-16, 4-9 Big 12) travel to Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (16-11, 4-9 Big 12).

This match-up has more significance for the Cowboys, who enjoy a spread of – 8 ½ heading into Saturday’s game, as they try to make the NCAA tournament. Oklahoma State will likely need to win their next three games in order to punch their ticket for March Madness.

College Sports Betting: Oklahoma State ( - 8 ½ )

The extra motivation, a deeper bench, and playing in front of a home crowd seem to justify the odds. However, the Cowboys have been inconsistent this year. The team struggled in early 2011.

After opening the season with 11 wins and just 1 loss (13-2 in Big 12 play), Oklahoma State would lose five of their next six games. One of those losses came at the hands of the Red Raiders 75-74 in overtime. After a brief winning streak, the Cowboys would suffer four consecutive losses.

Both teams are not known as dominant defensive stoppers. Texas Tech scores on average 73.3 points per game and gives up 76 points. Oklahoma State scores 69.1 and allows 67.7 points per game. The Cowboys’ go-to player is forward Marshall Moses who averages 14.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Texas Tech on the other hand distributes the ball around the floor. Guard John Roberson averages 14 points. Forward Mike Singletary adds 13 points and 5.7 rebounds, and fellow forward Brad Reese contributes 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.

The Cowboys are 11-2 at home while the Red Raiders are 2-7 on the road. However, Oklahoma State is just 2-2 in their last four games at Stillwater. To keep their tournament hopes alive, Oklahoma State will likely need to win the rest of the way.

Given that their upcoming schedule includes showdowns against Texas and Texas A&M (both nationally-ranked teams), that is a tall order. The Cowboys have a – 8 ½ spread in Saturday’s college sports betting opportunity.

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