Oklahoma vs. Kansas State - 1/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State at Oklahoma
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Lloyd Noble Center)
Oklahoma Sooners -6.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5
The Kansas State Wildcats and the Oklahoma Sooners meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action from the Lloyd Noble Center on Wednesday night.
The Kansas State Wildcats will look to build on back-to-back wins following a 58-57 road win over Iowa State in their last outing. Barry Brown Jr. led the Wildcats with 23 points on 9 of 20 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 4 assists while Kamau Stokes added 12 points with 3 threes and 4 assists of his own as the only other K-State player to score in double-digits in the winning effort. Xavier Sneed added 3 blocks while Dean Wade pulled down a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the victory. Brown Jr. leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.2 points per game while Stokes leads K-State in assists with 3.4 assists per game and Sneed leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 65.1 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the arc and 63.3% from the foul line this season. The Wildcats are also tough on defense, giving up the 5th-fewest points per game in the country, allowing just 59.4 points per game this season.
The Oklahoma Sooners will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games following a 76-74 win over TCU in their last outing. Kristian Doolittle led the Sooners with 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting with a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double while Kristian James added 15 points with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and a team-high 4 steals. Brady Manek and Aaron Calixte each had 12 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for the Sooners in the win, with Manek adding a team-high 4 blocks while Calixte chipped in 3 threes and 4 assists of his own. James leads the Sooners with an average of 16.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while Calixte leads Oklahoma in assists with 3.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Oklahoma is averaging 74.4 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 34.2% from behind the 3-point line and 67.3% from the foul line this season.
Kansas State is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 18-7-1 in their last 26 games following a win. Oklahoma is 12-2-2 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 home games. Kansas State is 18-7-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings between these two teams.
The Wildcats have had the bulk of the success between these two teams, and the Wildcats also play outstanding defense so the points could be worth a look here. However, the Sooners have been pretty much money ATS this season and perform their best against above-average competition. Add in Oklahoma’s 6-1 ATS record at home and the fact that the Sooners are outscoring teams by 13.5 points per game at home this season, and I think you have to lay the points with Oklahoma in this spot.