Oklahoma at Kansas State: 2/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Kansas State Wildcats (6-18) vs Oklahoma Sooners (14-5)
Game Info: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Fred Bramlage Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Kansas State Wildcats +11 -- Over/Under: 132 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 7th ranked Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The 7th ranked Oklahoma Sooners won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-5 on the season after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 66-56, this past Saturday. Oklahoma allowed Iowa State to fight back from a 41-25 halftime deficit to take a 46-45 lead midway through the 2nd half, however, the Sooners were solid defensively the rest of the way and pulled away after taking a 60-50 lead with 5:36 left in regulation. Oklahoma shot 40.0% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while Iowa State shot 38.7% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc. Oklahoma outrebounded Iowa State by a 41-36 margin and committed just 8 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Sooners was Austin Reaves who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 block.
On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 75.8 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Austin Reaves (16.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.2 apg), De’Vion Harmon (12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Brady Manek (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg), & Umoja Gibson (10.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Oklahoma is holding their opponents to an average of 67.6 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of 1.5 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Kansas State Wildcats snapped their 13-game losing streak and improved to 6-18 on the season after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs, 62-54, this past Saturday. Kansas State was outstanding defensively against TCU and was able to pull away late after taking a 56-51 lead with 2:34 left in regulation. Kansas State shot 40.4% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc while TCU shot 31.9% from the field and 22.2% from beyond the arc. Kansas State outrebounded TCU by a 38-32 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 14-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Mike McGuirl who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, & 5 assists.
On the season, Kansas State is averaging 62.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 29.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Nijel Pack (12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg), Mike McGuirl (11.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.5 apg), DaJuan Gordon (9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), & Selton Miguel (7.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg).
Defensively, Kansas State is allowing their opponents to average 72.3 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 0.2 and a turnover margin of -2.3.
The Sooners are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 9-23 ATS in their last 32 home games.
Oklahoma is a solid team on both ends of the court as the Sooners comes into this came ranked 78th in scoring offense & 98th in scoring defense, however, I cannot say I was overly impressed with what I saw from Oklahoma on the offensive end against Iowa State in their recent win. Kansas State has had a tough season, especially on the offensive end, however, the Wildcats have been playing much better basketball as of late as they recently loss close games to Texas, Oklahoma State, & Kansas and between the fact that Oklahoma is just 4-4 on the road this season and that the Wildcats defense has held their last three opponents to an average of just 60.0 ppg, I think Kansas State does enough with the double-digit points to get the cover. Good Luck!