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Kansas State vs. Oklahoma - 3/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma at Kansas State
Date & Time Saturday March 9, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Location
Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS
The Line
Kansas State Wildcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: 127.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the 18th ranked Kansas State Wildcats this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Oklahoma Sooners won their 2nd straight game and improved to 19-11 (7-10 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks, 81-68, this past Tuesday. Oklahoma jumped all over Kansas early in this one and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 56-35 lead with 15:05 left in the 2nd half. Oklahoma shot 49.1% from the field while holding Kansas to just 40.9% shooting from the field and 22.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sooners was Kristian Doolittle who had a double-double with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 71.8 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Christian James (14.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Brady Manek (12.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg), Kristian Doolittle (10.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Aaron Calixte (7.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg).

Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 68.1 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The 18th ranked Kansas State Wildcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 23-7 (13-4 Big 12) on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 64-52, this past Monday. Kansas State was once again outstanding on the defensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after a 10-0 run to start the 2nd half gave the Wildcats a 46-27 lead with 16:16 left in regulation. Kansas State shot 46.9% from the field while holding TCU to 41.7 shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Barry Brown Jr. who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Kansas State is averaging 65.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown Jr. (15.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg), Dean Wade (13.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 apg), Kamau Stokes (10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.2 spg), and Xavier Sneed (10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.3 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of 3.1.

The Sooners are 8-2-3 ATS in their last 13 road games and 6-1-3 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. The Wildcats are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall.

Oklahoma has won 4 of their last 5 games and come into this game led by their defense that ranks 86th in scoring defense and 23rd in defensive FG%.

Kansas State has won 8 of their last 10 games and although their offense ranks just 319th in scoring offense, the Wildcats have one of the better defenses in all of College Basketball as they come into this match-up ranked 4th in scoring defense and 56th in defensive FG%.

Oklahoma has been playing better as of late as Kevin Doolittle has become a solid scoring option to pair with Christian James, however, this is still a Sooners team that lacks offensive weapons and has struggled agianst solid defensive teams. Kansas State defeated Oklahoma by a 74-61 margin on the road earlier this season and as I expect the Wildcats defense to come out strong at home in this one, I think the Wildcats pick up a double-digit victory and cover this spread. Good Luck!

Pick:
Kansas State Wildcats -6.5

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