Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/14/14
Oklahoma Sooners (13-3) at Kansas State Wildcats (12-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Oklahoma landed in the national rankings this week for the first time all season after its upset of Iowa State, supplanting Kansas State as the country’s 25th-ranked team following the Wildcats’ loss at Kansas Saturday.
The Breakdown: Sophomore G Buddy Hield scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting, including 6 of 12 from beyond the arc, and sophomore F Ryan Spangler added 16 points and a season-high 15 rebounds to help lift the Sooners over then #9 Iowa State 87-82 Saturday. The win comes in spite of Oklahoma allowing the Cyclones to shoot 52 percent from the field, while shooting just 40 percent themselves. The Sooners dominated the boards 41-33 and forced 13 turnovers, but perhaps the most telling stat of the night was their 22-2 edge in second-chance points. OU also won the battle from downtown, connecting on 13 of 30 to Iowa State‘s 6 of 26. The win gives the Sooners some much-needed momentum after going 1-2 in its last three and losing 90-83 at home to Kansas last Thursday. Through 16 games, Oklahoma ranks 5th nationally with 87.0 ppg on 46 percent shooting and senior F Cameron Clark leads the team with 18.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Kansas State’s foray into the top 25 lasted all of one week, cut short by an 86-60 dismantling by then #18 Kansas Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats shot 22 of 50 from the field and hit just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc, while allowing the Jayhawks to connect on 56 percent from the floor and 8 of 18 from distance. Junior F Nino Williams had a team-high 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting off the bench and junior F Thomas Gipson added 10 points and 4 boards. K-State managed to keep the gap respectable and traded baskets with the Jayhawks until a three-point basket from freshman G Conner Frankamp at the 9:18 mark of the first half sparked a 14-3 run. The Wildcats trailed 45-28 at the break and were unable to threaten as the Jayhawks' lead never dipped below 17 points in the second half. On the season, K-State is averaging 67.2 ppg on 42 percent shooting and freshman G Marcus Foster leads the team with 13.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -5.5 for K-State and, quite frankly, it just doesn’t seem likely that K-State will be able to keep pace with some of the Big 12’s best, teams that are averaging an ungodly number of points per game—Oklahoma at 87.0 ppg for one. The Wildcats were somehow able to shock an Ok State team averaging about 18 more points a game, but, outside of that, K-State’s 11th-ranked scoring defense, allowing 59.8 ppg, doesn’t include some of the country’s highest scoring teams. The points look like the play here.
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