Oklahoma State at Kansas
|Date & Time||Saturday February 9, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Kansas Jayhawks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5
The Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in Big 12 college basketball action from Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys come into this game looking to snap a 5-game conference losing streak after a 70-68 loss to TCU in their last outing. Yor Anei led Oklahoma State with 20 points on a perfect 7 of 7 shooting from the field with a pair of blocks while Isaac Likekele had 17 points with a team-high 7 assists and 4 steals. Thomas Dziagwa added 14 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for OK State in the win while Lindy Waters III had 7 points, a team-high 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Cameron McGriff was held to 8 points and 5 rebounds but still leads the Cowboys with an average of 13.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while Likekele leads Oklahoma State with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 68.9 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 38.4% from 3-point range and 68.1% from the foul line this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks can use a win after splitting their last 10 games following a 74-67 loss to Kansas State in their last outing. Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 18 points along with a team-high 9 rebounds, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks while Devon Dotson added 13 points with a team-high 5 assists and 3 steals as the only other Kansas player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Lawson leads Kansas by averaging a double-double per game with 19.4 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while Dotson leads the Jayhawks in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 76.3 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the 3-point line and 68% from the foul line this season.
Oklahoma State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Kansas is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 33-16-2 in their last 51 home games. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.
The home team has had a lot of success in this matchup, so the logical pick off the top would be to take Kansas, lay the points and call it a day as Oklahoma State hasn’t been very good in Big 12 play this season. However, on top of losing Silvio De Sousa and Udoka Azubuike for the season, now the Jayhawks have to be without their 2nd leading scorer in Lagerald Vick who has left the team indefinitely due to personal reasons, and Marcus Garrett who is doubtful with an ankle injury. Oklahoma State narrowly lost to TCU last time out and given the drama surrounding the Jayhawks right now, I think the smart play is to take a shot with Oklahoma State and the points and to keep this game on upset alert.