Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys - 1/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-3) at Kansas Jayhawks (13-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Oklahoma State Cowboys will travel to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the Kansas Jayhawks this Tuesday night.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 12-3 (2-1 Big 12) after defeating the 10th ranked Texas Longhorns 69-58 this past Saturday. The Cowboys shot 47.3% from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc to come away with the victory in this one. Leading the way for Oklahoma State was Le’Bryan Nash and Phil Forte III who had 20 points each. The Cowboys are currently ranked 28th in the RPI Standings and have played the 68th ranked SOS. On the season, Oklahoma State has been led by Le’Bryan Nash (17.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Phil Forte III(17.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg). The Cowboys are averaging 71.7 ppg (ranked 92nd) on 45.6% shooting (ranked 78th). Oklahoma State is averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 69th) on 34.8 three-point shooting (ranked 149th). Defensively, the Cowboys are holding their opponents to an average of 58.6 ppg (ranked 27th) on 37.2% shooting (ranked 19th). Oklahoma State is averaging 5.2 bpg (ranked 34th) and 8.9 spg (ranked 17th). The Cowboys average 26.87 defensive rpg (ranked 37th) and 36.33 total rpg (ranked 113th).
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The Kansas Jayhawks won their 4th straight game and improved to 13-2 (2-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 86-54 this past Saturday. The Jayhawks shot 52.5% from the field and held the Raiders to just 32.7% shooting from the field in the victory. Leading the way for Kansas was Perry Ellis who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. The Jayhawks are currently ranked 2nd in the RPI Standings and have played the 1st ranked SOS. On the season, Kansas has been led by Perry Ellis (12.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Frank Mason III (12.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, the Jayhawks are averaging 71.2 ppg (ranked 103rd) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 173rd). Kansas is shooting 39.5% as a team from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Jayhawks are holding their opponents to 63.1 ppg (ranked 120th) on 40.8% shooting (ranked 112th). Kansas averages 4.9 bpg (ranked 50th) and has a rebound margin of 6.5 (ranked 31st). The Jayhawks are grabbing an average of 25.33 defensive rpg (ranked 98th) and 38.67 total rpg (ranked 42nd).
The Cowboys are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. the Big 12 and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 overall. The Jayhawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Oklahoma State have been playing great basketball over the past two weeks as their only blemish was a close 63-61 loss at #17 ranked Iowa State. Although Kansas just scored 86 against Texas Tech, their offensive has struggle against quality defensives this year as they are averaging just 55 points against ranked teams this year. Allen Fieldhouse is always a difficult place to play howeve, Oklahoma State’s stars, Nash and Forte III, have experience playing in this environment and I think they’ll be to keep this game within the spread. I’m taking the Cowboys and the points in this one.