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Oklahoma State vs. Kansas - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas at Oklahoma State
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gallagher-Iba Arena
Stillwater, OK
The Line
Kansas Jayhawks -7 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
CBS
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The Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma State Cowboys meet in Big 12 college basketball action from the Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to build some momentum after a 64-49 win over Kansas State in their last outing. Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 18 points along with team-highs of 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the double-double while Devon Dotson had 16 points and Quentin Grimes chipped in 12 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 threes. Mitch Lightfoot added 9 points with 3 blocks as well in the winning effort for Kansas. Lawson leads Kansas by averaging a double-double per game with 19 points and 10.3 rebounds per game while Dotson leads the Jayhawks in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 75.9 points per game on 46.9% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys could use a win after an 84-80 overtime loss to Texas Tech in their last outing. Lindy Waters III led the Cowboys with 26 points on 9 of 18 shooting with 7 threes while Thomas Dziagwa had 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 6 triples, 6 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Curtis Jones added 11 points with 3 threes to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for OK State in the loss, while Cameron McGriff had 8 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. McGriff leads Oklahoma State with an average of 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while Isaac Likekele leads the Cowboys in assists with 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma State is averaging 67.5 points per game on 42.1% shooting from the field, 38.2% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 conference games. Oklahoma State is 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the under is 27-9 in their last 36 home games. Kansas is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Oklahoma State.

I can 100% understand Kansas being favored here as the Kansas Jayhawks are the better team. However, Kansas is still missing Lagerald Vick, and the Jayhawks’ issues on the road this season have been well documented. In conference play, all of Kansas’ games on the road have ended in a loss or a win of no more than 5 points. I’m not saying Oklahoma State wins this outright, but the Cowboys did hang around for quite a bit in the first meeting and have had the Jayhawks’ number on their home floor in recent years, so I’ll take a stab at Oklahoma State and the points in this one.

Pick:
Oklahoma State +7

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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