NCAA Tournament Pick: North Dakota State vs. Oklahoma
- Updated: March 19, 2014
Date/Time: March 20, 2014, 7:27 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from WagerWeb
Line: Oklahoma -4.5
The NCAA college basketball tournament starts this week and the early round matchups in this tournament could be more exciting than ever. One of the games that is getting plenty of attention from college hoops experts that are looking for upsets is the matchup between the North Dakota State Bison and the Oklahoma Sooners. The Sooners can score with any team in the country but will have to also play defense if the hope to take down the Bison, who are very underrated.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Sooners listed as (-4.5) point favorites. The early betting action on this game is split as both teams are getting respect from the college basketball handicappers across the country. This betting line has actually dropped and the line can now be found at (-3.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
If the Bison want to win they will need to play defense or try and outscore the Sooners, which could be difficult. The Sooners are talented and balanced, with four players averaging double figures – all of whom shoot at least 75 percent from the foul line and 35 percent from 3-point range. OU is 7-5 against members of the RPI Top 50 this season, including regular season sweeps of tournament teams Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma State. This could be very bad news for the Bison as they try and play Cinderella in this tournament.
The Bison can put up some points as well. The Bison own the top shooting percentage in the country (50.9) and have won 14 of their last 15 games. They will have to make shots to stay close in this game.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both of these teams have some very positive wagering angles heading into this game. The Bison are 20-9 against the spread (ATS) in their last 29 non-conference games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games but they do struggle against winning teams as the Bison are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The Sooners are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games when going up against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
The Sooners play better when they are in the underdog role, but with all the “experts” picking the Bison, it will motivate the Sooners to get a big win. The Sooners will win and cover in the opener against the Bison.
Free Pick: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5