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Oklahoma Sooners vs Texas Christian Horned Frogs Pick & Prediction, Sat Jan 15 04:00 PM

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MONEYLINE
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59

Saturday's game between Oklahoma and TCU in Fort Worth, Texas, is critical for both teams.

Oklahoma is coming off a 66-52 loss to No. 21 Texas on Tuesday night where the Sooners were just 1 of 13 from behind the 3-point line, leading scorer Tanner Groves managed just one field-goal attempt and Porter Moser's team looked generally discombobulated from the start.

The Horned Frogs are looking to keep building momentum after Wednesday's 60-57 win at Kansas State gave TCU its first Big 12 victory of the season.

The Sooners (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) have responded with a win following each of their first three losses this season. Two of those wins came over ranked opponents.

But Moser said his team had to be more aggressive and avoid costly turnovers to keep that trend going.

"We're good and we didn't play that way," Moser said. "We didn't play as tough as we needed to and smart as we needed to. Teams are going to speed you up, but you've got to work to get catches, you've got to work to get into your stuff. You've got to respond to that stuff. That's basketball at this level against very good defenses.

"We'll dig into that and get better."

TCU (11-2, 1-1) has won eight of its last nine, though Horned Frogs coach Jamie Dixon is far from satisfied.

Dixon's team is leading the nation with 15.3 offensive rebounds per game, helping TCU to 14.9 second-chance points per game.

"We have work to do," Dixon said.

The matchup between Horned Frogs' 6-foot-11 center Eddie Lampkin Jr. and Oklahoma's 6-foot-10 big man Groves figures to go a long way toward deciding the game.

Lampkin averages 5.8 rebounds per game, second on the team, but 56 percent of those rebounds have come on the offensive end.

Groves has been the Sooners' offensive catalyst all season but he had not only a season low in scoring against Texas with just three points, but also a season-low two rebounds and was held without an assist for the first time this season. He also didn't attempt a 3-pointer for the first time.

Oklahoma has won eight consecutive games against TCU.

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Oklahoma Sooners
68
67
Texas Christian Horned Frogs

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Christian Horned Frogs Recap DEC 6TH 2020

Austin Reaves hit a jumper with 0.5 seconds to play as part of his career-high 41 points and Oklahoma roared back to beat TCU, 78-76, on Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.

It was the Big 12 Conference regular-season finale for both teams.

The Horned Frogs romped to an 18-point lead at halftime, but Oklahoma rallied to tie the game at 76 on Brady Manek's 3-pointer with 55 seconds to play. After a TCU miss and a timeout, Reaves found his way into the open and canned the game winner.

Reaves produced the highest individual scoring performance by any player in the Big 12 this season.

Kristian Doolittle added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Sooners (19-12, 9-9).

Oklahoma grabbed the third seed in the Big 12 tournament and will play sixth-seeded West Virginia on Thursday in Kansas City. TCU fell to the seventh seed and will play No. 10 Kansas State in a first-round game Wednesday.

Desmond Bane led the Horned Frogs (16-15, 7-11) with 24 points, 19 of which came in the first half. Jaire Grayer added 18 for TCU, with RJ Nembhard and Kevin Samuel scoring 12 points each.

Bane paced the Horned Frogs in a raucous first half on 8 of 11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, as TCU led by as many as 20 points before settling on a 44-26 lead at halftime.

The Horned Frogs outshot Oklahoma 50 percent to 36 percent in the first half and dominated the paint, grabbing nine offensive rebounds and outscoring the Sooners 18-12 at close range.

Reaves paced Oklahoma with 16 points despite suffering a gash above his right eye during a charge to the basket midway through the half. Oklahoma had nine first-half turnovers that led to 12 points for TCU.

It was the largest halftime deficit of the year for the Sooners and TCU's largest halftime lead in Big 12 play.

Oklahoma cut the lead to 54-42 on a 3-pointer by De'vion Harmon with 11:32 to play and later forged a 10-0 run to claw to within 59-52 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Doolittle.

--Field Level Media

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