Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks - 3/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (24-6) at Oklahoma Sooners (20-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Lloyd Noble Center)
The Line: Oklahoma Sooners -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks will travel to the Lloyd Noble Center to take on the Oklahoma Sooners this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The 9th ranked Kansas Jayhawks improved to 24-6 (13-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 20th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 76-69 (OT), this past Tuesday. Kansas shot 41.2% from the field and 0.0% (0-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Frank Mason III who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Kansas is ranked 2nd in the RPI Standings and has played the 1st ranked SOS. On the season, the Jayhawks have been led by Perry Ellis (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Frank Mason III (12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg). Kansas is averaging 71.9 ppg (ranked 70th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 121st). The Jayhawks average 13.7 apg (Ranked 96th) and shot 71.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 75th). Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg (ranked 133rd) on 39.6% shooting (ranked 40th). The Jayhawks are holding teams to 38.5% shooting form beyond the arc (ranked 42nd) and pull down 37.97 total rpg (ranked 30th).
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The 15th ranked Oklahoma Sooners dropped to 20-9 (11-6 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 17th ranked Iowa State Cyclones, 77-70, this past Monday. Oklahoma shot 35.5% from the field and 25.0% (6-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sooners was Buddy Hield who had 26 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Oklahoma is ranked 18th in the RPI Standings and has played the 21st ranked SOS. On the season, the Sooners have been led by Buddy Hield (17.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 apg) and Isaiah Cousins (12.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg). Oklahoma is averaging 72.3 ppg (ranked 63rd) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 126th). The Sooners average 6.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 122nd) and commit 12.4 turnovers per game (ranked 154th). Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg (ranked 81st) on 38.4% shooting (ranked 17th). The Sooners are holding teams to 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 46th) and have a turnover margin of 1.9 (ranked 53rd).
The Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sooners are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Kansas picked up a huge come from behind victory, railing from 18 points down against West Virginia, to clinch their 11th straight Big 12 regular season championship. Oklahoma blew a 19 point half-time lead as they allowed Iowa State to outscore them by a 59-33 margin in the second half in their 77-70 loss. Both Oklahoma and Kansas are two of the better teams in the Big 12 and Oklahoma gave Kansas a good run for their money at Allen Fieldhouse however, allowed Kansas to shoot 52.6% from beyond the arc in their first match-up in which Kansas prevailed 85-78. Kansas will be without two of their main players Cliff Alexander (Eligibility Issues) and Perry Ellis (knee) for this one, and as they've already clinched the Big-12 championship, I can see them taking it a bit easy in this one. Oklahoma is going to want to get back on track after that dreadful second half at Iowa State and as they have been great at home all season (13-1), I think that they will pull away in this one and cover this spread. Take Oklahoma to cover.