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Kansas vs. Oklahoma - 2/19/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oklahoma Sooners (16-10) at Kansas Jayhawks (21-6)
Date & Time Monday February 19, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -8.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Oklahoma Sooners (16-10) at Kansas Jayhawks (21-6)
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The Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas Jayhawks meet Monday in college basketball action at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The Oklahoma Sooners need a victory here in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The Oklahoma Sooners are averaging 87.5 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Trae Young is averaging 29 points and 9.2 assists while Christian James is averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. Brady Manek is the third double-digit scorer and Rashard Odomes is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Oklahoma Sooners are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma Sooners are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.3 rebounds per game. The Oklahoma Sooners have lost seven straight road games. 

The Kansas Jayhawks look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 13 games. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 81.6 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.7 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Devonte' Graham is averaging 17.4 points and 7.2 assists while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is averaging 15.3 points and four rebounds. Udoka Azubuike is the third double-digit scorer and Lagerald Vick is grabbing five rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Kansas Jayhawks have won six of their last seven home games.

The Sooners are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Jayhawks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Monday games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Sooners are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Oklahoma Sooners are allowing 85.1 points on 46.3 percent shooting during their five-game losing streak, proving that regardless of how talented and explosive Young is, there's only so much he can do when his team doesn't play defense. Oklahoma simply isn't that good of a basketball team. While the Kansas Jayhawks have had their struggles this season, they're outscoring teams by 16.5 points at home this season and are solid defensively. Kansas is also a prideful bunch that will be eager to redeem itself after losing to the Sooners a few weeks ago. I have little confidence in Oklahoma right now. I'll eat the chalk.

Pick:
Kansas Jayhawks -8.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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