Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/22/14
Kansas State Wildcats (18-8) at Oklahoma Sooners (19-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Kansas State and Oklahoma look to break their tie in the Big 12 standings when they face off at the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday.
The Breakdown: The Sooners improved to 8-5 and sit in a three-way tie with Iowa State and Kansas State for third place in the conference after a 77-74 victory over Oklahoma State Saturday. Sophomore G Buddy Hield scored a team-high 22 points, freshman G Frank Booker had 15 points off the bench, and sophomore F Ryan Spangler added 12 points and 13 rebounds. OU was outshot from the floor 46.7 percent to 40.3 percent, but topped the Cowboys from outside the arc 41.4 percent to 40.0 percent. The Sooners also conceded a narrow 41-39 advantage on the boards, but converted 15 of 21 from the free throw line. Through 26 games, Oklahoma is averaging 82.7 ppg on 45.0 percent shooting. Hield leads the team with 16.7 ppg, followed by senior F Cameron Clark at 15.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Kansas State is also 8-5 in the conference and comes in off a 65-53 victory over TCU Wednesday. The Wildcats outshot the Horned Frogs from the field 42.6 percent to 32.6 percent and from outside the arc 33.3 percent to 15.4 percent and dominated the boards 47-24. K-State also converted 14 of 22 from the free throw line. Junior F Thomas Gipson had a team-high 16 points and 11 rebounds, freshman G Marcus Foster had 13 points and 6 assists, and senior G Will Spradling added 10 points and 4 boards. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 69.2 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting. Foster leads the team with 15.0 ppg, followed by Gipson at 11.8 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -4.5 for Oklahoma. K-State scored a 72-66 victory when these two squared off in Manhattan a little over a month ago and these two are now in a tie with Iowa State for third place in the Big 12, so look for a battle and look for the Sooners to exact some revenge for the cover.