Oklahoma St. (17-6 straight up, 13-9-1 against the spread) has lost by more than three points only twice this season. Most notably, the Cowboys have lost by more than three points just once when freshman phenom Cade Cunningham has been in uniform.
Cunningham, who many draftniks project to go No. 1 overall in the 2021 NBA Draft, is averaging 19.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocked shots per game
Oklahoma St. took its most lopsided defeat at home when Baylor came to Stillwater and captured an 81-66 victory. However, Mike Boynton’s squad had only eight players available for that game — and Cunningham was one of several notable players absent due to COVID contact-tracing protocols — and it still led the Bears by four points at halftime.
OSU has won five games in a row, taking the cash in each of its last four, and it is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games. The Cowboys have beaten the likes of Tourney-bound squads like Oklahoma (twice), Arkansas, Texas and Texas Tech in their last 10 outings.
OSU has thrived as an underdog this year, compiling an 8-3 spread record with seven outright wins. The Cowboys have won at Texas Tech as 8.5-point road underdogs and at Oklahoma as six-point puppies.
Baylor is off a thrilling overtime win at West Virginia on Tuesday, one that clinched the program’s first conference title since 1950 (71 years ago!). That puts the Bears in letdown mode on a quick turnaround just 48 hours removed from a 45-minute slugfest in Morgantown.
OSU beat Oklahoma 79-75 on Monday as a 2.5-point home underdog. Therefore, the Cowboys have enjoyed an extra day of preparation, and they’re in a revenge spot sporting confidence that tonight’s game will be different with Cunningham on the floor.
The Pick: Oklahoma St. +12 at Baylor.