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Big 12 Tournament 1st Round Betting Preview

The Big 12 tournament tips off Wednesday evening with Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State (winner gets #1 Kansas in the second round) and Texas Christian vs. Texas Tech (winner gets West Virginia).

Tournament to be played at Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas State Wildcats (-5, 127)

* The Cowboys got some much-needed help in their regular-season finale as guards Leyton Hammonds (dislocated finger) and Jeffrey Carroll (illness) returned to action, and Hammonds wound up pacing the team with 20 points and six rebounds off the bench. Hammonds is averaging 10.6 points and a team-most five rebounds per contest while guard Jeff Newberry (11.0 points) stands as Oklahoma State’s leading active scorer with Forte (13.3) and Evans (12.9) out.

* The Wildcats’ youth has been a bad match with one of the nation’s most demanding schedules as all but two of the team’s 15 losses have come against top-25-ranked teams. Guard Justin Edwards is pacing the squad in scoring (12.2 points per game) and rebounding (5.7) and is joined in double figures by forward Wesley Iwundu (11.9 points), a third-team All-Big 12 selection.

Betting Stats:

Oklahoma St. – 12-19 SU, 14-14-1 ATS, 11-18 O/U

Kansas St. – 16-15 SU, 15-12-1 ATS, 14-14 O/U

Trends:

* Cowboys are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a double-digit loss at home.
* Favorite is 14-3 ATS in the last 17 meetings.
* Under is 11-1 in Cowboys last 12 games following a ATS loss.
* Under is 5-1 in Wildcats last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.

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Texas Christian Horned Frogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders (-8.5, 136)

* Aside from a year ago, the Horned Frogs have finished at the bottom of the Big 12 standings in their other three seasons in the conference. Guards Chauncey Collins (11.8 points) and Malique Trent (11.5) pace the team in scoring while forward Karviar Shepherd is the top rebounder at 5.4 per game.

* The Red Raiders’ nine Big 12 victories are their most since the 2006-07 season, which also is the last time the program hit 20 or more wins and played in the NCAA Tournament. It’s been a balanced scoring attack with four players – guards Toddrick Gotcher (11.2 points per game) and Devaugntah Williams (10.8) and forwards Aaron Ross (10.5) and Zach Smith (10.0) – averaging double figures but none being named to the All-Big 12 first-through-third teams.

Betting Stats:

Texas Christian – 11-20 SU, 11-14 ATS, 8-17 O/U

Texas Tech – 19-11 SU, 15-12 ATS, 15-12 O/U

Trends:

* Horned Frogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
* Red Raiders are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games.
* Over is 4-1 in Horned Frogs last 5 games following a ATS win.
* Over is 4-1 in Red Raiders last 5 vs. Big 12.