Oklahoma at Kansas State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/1/23

Kansas State Wildcats (22-7) vs Oklahoma Sooners (14-14)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 8:00 pm (Fred Bramlage Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Kansas State Wildcats -6.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oklahoma Sooners will head up to Manhattan to face the Kansas State Wildcats in Big 12 play from the Bramlage Coliseum on ESPN+. KState leads the all-time series, 86-66, but OU has won the last three meetings.

Oklahoma moved to 14-15 after losing to Texas Tech in Norman. The Sooners let the game slip away from them in the second half, and the Red Raiders would hand them an eleven-point loss, 74-63. Oklahoma is scoring 68.0 points per game, while allowing 67.6 ppg, and shooting 46.5% from the field.

Oklahoma proved once again that even the last-placed team in the best conference in college basketball can deliver a blow, and they’ll attempt to sweep the Wildcats here. The Sooners are 4-12 in Big 12 play, with a 2-7 road record. Veteran guard Grant Sheffield scored 22 points in the first win over KSU, and he leads the Sooners in scoring at 16.3 ppg. Senior big Tanner Groves grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds against ISU last time out, and he leads the Sooners in rebounding (7.0) while scoring 10.0 ppg. Senior forward Jalen Hill is second on the team at 10.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

Kansas State improved to 17-2 after beating Texas Tech in Manhattan. The Horned Frogs overcame a halftime deficit, and outscored the Red Raiders by 15 points in the second half to remain undefeated at home, 68-58. Kansas State scores 75.3 points per game, while allowing 68.0 ppg, and shooting 45.1% from the field.

Kansas State responded to a messy skid with three straight wins, and they’ll look to avenge a loss in Norman two weeks ago here.  The Wildcats are 10-6 in Big 12 play, with a 15-1 home record. Former Florida forward Keyontae Johnson leads the way for KSU. Johnson went for a game-high 25 points in the win over Baylor last week, and he’s averaging team-leads of 17.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg. Veteran guard Markquis Nowell led the team with 22 points against Oklahoma State last time, and he’s scoring 17.0 ppg and dishing out a Big 12-leading 7.6 apg. Junior forward Nae’Qwan Tonkin double-doubled in the last matchup with OU, and he’s averaging 10.0 ppg and 5.9 rpg.

Oklahoma is 12-14-1 against the spread this season, with a 15-12 over/under record. Kansas State is 14-13 ATS this year, with a 18-9 o/u record.

Oklahoma comes into another road spot with a chance to put a dent in a top conference team, but I don’t think they’ll get so lucky this time around. The Sooners capitalized on a poor shooting outing to beat Iowa State, and it’s unlikely KState shoots an underwhelming 31%. The Wildcats are much sharper than the Cyclones offensively, and a win here in their home finale would sweeten their postseason resume even more. Look for Kansas State to get some revenge here by defeating OU, and take their spread for this Big 12 contest.

Corey’s Pick Kansas State -6.5

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