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Oklahoma Sooners Basketball vs. Texas Tech: Preview, Thread, How to Watch

The Sooners have dropped three straight but are still considered an NCAA Tournament team by bracketologists.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi State at Oklahoma Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports

After dropping three straight to Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State, the Oklahoma Sooners look to get back on the right track and right their NCAA Tournament ship as they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Oklahoma (16-11, 6-8) vs. No. 22 Texas Tech (18-9, 9-5): 8 p.m. CT at Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

TV: ESPN2

Commentary: Rich Hollenberg and Fran Fraschilla

Live Stream: WatchESPN

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (107.7 FM The Franchise in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Tune In Radio App) with Tom Dore and Kevin Henry announcing

Line: Texas Tech -2 (as of 5:15 p.m. CT)

About Texas Tech

  • Entering this week, the Red Raiders are projected as a No. 7 seed by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and as a No. 8 seed by CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm. In the NCAA NET Rankings — utilized by the selection committee to shape the NCAA Tournament field — Tech sits at No. 15.
  • Texas Tech is No. 15 in Ken Pomeroy’s team efficiency ratings, sitting at No. 38 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 7 in adjusted defensive efficiency.
  • Tech is led in scoring by 6’4” freshman guard Jahmi’us Ramsey, who is averaging 16.3 PPG while connecting on 44.6 percent of his three-point attempts. Three other guards — Davide Moretti (13.3 PPG), Kyler Edwards (12.2 PPG) and Terrence Shannon Jr. (10.1 PPG) — are also averaging double figures scoring on the season.
  • Texas Tech isn’t a huge team. After starting big man TJ Holyfield (6’8”), the Raiders don’t have a regular contributor standing taller than 6’6”. You could potentially see a little bit of 7’0” freshman center Russel Tchewa or 6’7 freshman forward Andrei Savrasov, but they each play sparingly at most. Plenty of teams are capable of bullying the Sooners down low, but Texas Tech isn’t built to do so this season.

Two Things

  • Bracketology: The Sooners were in decent shape prior to Bedlam, but the brutal loss in Stillwater certainly threw things back into chaos. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently has Oklahoma as one of his ‘Last Four In’, which would place the Sooners in a Dayton play-in game. CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm isn’t quite as bearish on OU, slotting them as a No. 10 seed following Bedlam. With Texas Tech currently at No. 15 in the NCAA NET Rankings, an OU win tonight would certainly help Lon and his team sleep a bit easier.
  • The Peake: This will be OU’s first Big 12 home game played away from Lloyd Noble Center and, per OU Athletics, the Big 12’s first regular-season game ever to be played in an NBA arena. Oklahoma owns a 15-6 record when playing at ‘The Peake’ and a 6-1 record at the home of the Thunder during the Lon Kruger era.

Prediction

As desperate as things are looking right now, I actually think the Sooners come out and play well tonight in OKC — even if they don’t get much help from what will likely be a pretty sparse crowd. Am I counting on Austin Reaves to have another good game after actually playing up to his potential in Stillwater? Not really, but I could easily see Brady Manek having a big night and Kristian Doolittle having his way against a smaller team. Texas Tech is elite defensively, but a lot about this matchup is somewhat favorable for the Sooners. OU almost got it done in Lubbock, and I think the Sooners pull out the win at The Peake.

Oklahoma 68, Texas Tech 64