Oklahoma at Kansas: 3/11/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Kansas Jayhawks (19-8) vs Oklahoma Sooners (15-9)
Game Info: Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 6:30 pm (T-Mobile Center)
Betting Odds: Kansas Jayhawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 25th ranked Oklahoma Sooners and 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will square off at the T-Mobile Center in the Quarterfinals of the Big 12 Championship.
The 25th ranked Oklahoma Sooners finished their regular season with an overall record of 14-9 and earned the 7-seed in the Big 12 Championship after finishing conference play with a 9-8 record. Oklahoma was able to advance to the Quarterfinals after defeating the Iowa State Cyclones, 79-73, on Wednesday. Oklahoma led by a 36-28 margin at halftime and was able to hold on late after taking a 58-40 lead with 7:13 left in regulation. Oklahoma shot 50.9% from the field and 35.3% from beyond the arc while Iowa State shot 41.7% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sooners was Austin Reaves who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, & 1 block.
On the season, Oklahoma is averaging 75.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Sooners are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma has been led by Austin Reaves (17.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.8 apg), De’Vion Harmon (13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Brady Manek (10.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg), & Umoja Gibson (9.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Sooners have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of 2.5.
The 11th ranked Kansas Jayhawks finished their regular season with an overall record of 19-8 and earned the 2-seed in the conference tournament with a 12-6 record. Kansas was decent on the offensive end as the Jayhawks come into this game ranked 123rd in scoring offense, however, the Jayhawks were led by their defense that currently ranks 62nd in scoring defense, 32nd in defensive FG%, & 61st in rebound margin. Kansas struggled a bit during conference play, losing 4 of 5 games at one point, however, ended the season strong winning 7 of their last 8 games including a 71-58 victory against Baylor.
On the season, Kansas is averaging 73.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Ochai Agbaji (13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), David McCormack (13.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg), Jalen Wilson (12.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), & Marcus Garrett (10.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Sooners are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road underdog, however, are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jayhawks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
Oklahoma was able to defeat Kansas earlier this season, however, it is hard to be confident with how the Sooners have looked recently as they lost their last 4 games coming into this tournament, including an embarrassing 62-57 loss vs. Kansas State. Kansas seems to be putting things together at the right time of season and as I think their defense is going to give the Sooners some trouble in this one, I am taking Kansas to cover this small spread. Good Luck!