Kansas vs. Oklahoma State - 3/12/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-14) at Kansas Jayhawks (28-3)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 2:30 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in college basketball action from Sprint Center on Thursday.
Coming into this Big 12 Tournament matchup, Oklahoma State is 18-14 overall. Heading into the Tourney, Oklahoma State had a three-game winning streak, and they kept it going with an opening-round victory over Iowa State.
In the Wednesday tournament win over Iowa State, Oklahoma State’s Isaac Likekele led the team on 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Cameron McGriff added 17 points and eight rebounds in that one, and Yor Anei had 12 points with five rebounds to help the Cowboys move on.
Over on the Kansas side, they’re rolling along at 28-3 this year. Kansas is riding a nice 16-game win streak, and they’ve taken out Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech in succession during their last three outings.
In the win over Texas Tech, Kansas’ lead scorer was Devon Dotson with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Udoka Azubuike notched a double-double there with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Ochai Agbaji chipped in 12 points and six rebounds in the victory.
Kansas is 6-0 ATS in their last six Thursday games and 7-2 ATS in their last nine after a straight-up win. Kansas is 7-2 ATS in the last nine overall and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 neutral-site games.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma State is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last four after an ATS loss. Oklahoma State is 1-4 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win and the under is 5-1-1 in their last seven Thursday games.
It’s hard to find a lot of things to dislike about Kansas right now. Sure, some of their games have come by relatively slim margins lately (three versus Baylor, four versus Kansas State and four versus Texas Tech), but every time a W hits the column it quiets a lot of the detraction.
In any case, Oklahoma State’s 72-71 thriller was tight all the way, but the Cowboys get some major credit for toughing it out. That said, considering Kansas won the last matchup between these teams 83-58, I can’t give the Cowboys too much leeway. I’m sticking with Kansas on the cover here.