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Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas State Wildcats (7-6) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)

The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Kansas State Wildcats and Oklahoma State Cowboys play Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher-Iba Arena.

The Kansas State Wildcats have split their last 10 games and play their third true road game. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 68.3 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Marcus Foster is averaging 14 points and 2.2 assists while Nino Williams is averaging 12 points and 4.8 rebounds. Thomas Gipson is the third player averaging double-digit points and Jevon Thomas is shooting 44.4 percent from the field. The Kansas State Wildcats have slowly developed into a decent offensive team, as they have eight players averaging at least five points while they’re shooting 66 percent from the free throw line and 37.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Kansas State has allowed 66 or less points in seven straight games.

Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys are off to a surprising 10-2 start and would love to get their first conference win. On the season, OK State is averaging 73.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting and is allowing 59.2 points on 36.9 percent shooting. Le'Bryan Nash is averaging 17.9 points and 6.5 rebounds while Phil Forte III is averaging 17.1 points and three steals. Michael Cobbins is grabbing 6.2 rebounds and Anthony Hickey Jr. is dishing out 3.2 assists. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have improved on the defensive end, as they’ve allowed 61 or less points in five of their last eight games and are holding teams to 30.7 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, OK State is shooting 70 percent from the line and 33.5 percent from deep. We’ll find out just how legit Oklahoma State is in the next week or so.

The Wildcats are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12. The Cowboys are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12. The Wildcats are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Oklahoma State and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.

Kansas State is a tough team to blowout due to its above-average defense. Expect this game to come down to the wire. 

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Kansas State Wildcats +8.5

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