Kansas at Oklahoma State: 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Oklahoma State Cowboys (8-3) vs Kansas Jayhawks (10-2)
Game Info: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma State Cowboys +1.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 6th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Gallagher-Iba Arena to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 6th ranked Kansas Jayhawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-2 on the season after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners, 63-59, this past Saturday. Kansas was solid defensively against Oklahoma and was able to pull away late after a Jalen Wilson three-pointer gave the Jayhawks a 61-57 lead with 1:31 left in regulation. Kansas shot 48.9% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc while Oklahoma shot 38.3% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Kansas lost the turnover battle by a 16-9 margin, however, outrebounded Oklahoma by a 35-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Ochai Agbaji who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Kansas is averaging 76.9 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 36.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Ochai Agbaji (14.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Jalen Wilson (14.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.9 apg), David McCormack (11.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg), & Christian Braun (10.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 8.2 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats, 70-54, this past Saturday. Oklahoma State was lights out on the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 55-41 lead with 7:26 left in regulation. Oklahoma State shot 56.3% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc while Kansas State shot just 36.2% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Oklahoma State lost the turnover battle by a 15-10 margin, however, outrebounded Kansas State by a 36-27 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Isaac Likekele who had 15 points, 9 rebounds, & 1 assist.
On the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 77.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma State has been led by Cade Cunningham (17.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Isaac Likekele (12.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 3.5 apg), Rondel Walker (9.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg), & Bryce Williams (7.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
The Jayhawks are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 12-3 ATS in their last 15 road games. The Cowboys are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
I think Oklahoma State is a solid team, led by one of the best players in the country in Cade Cunningham, however Kansas is the better overall team as they’ve demonstrated with recent wins against West Virginia, Texas Tech, & Oklahoma. Kansas is solid on both sides of the ball as they rank 92nd in scoring offense & t-92nd in scoring defense and as I think they will be able to have success on the road in this one, I’m taking Kansas to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!