Jayhawks on Five-Game Win Streak
The No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks go for a fifth straight win when they face the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Big 12 opener for both teams on Saturday. Kansas hasn’t played since a win over Harvard on Dec. 22 and is 7-0 at home this season. Oklahoma State has won two in a row, including a home win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Dec. 20. Both teams want to get off to a fast start in conference play. Check out our in-depth preview of the game to help you decide how you want to bet online.
Defense Key for Oklahoma State
A measuring stick for the Oklahoma State Cowboys’ succes has been on the defensive end of the floor, with the team out to an 8-4 start and allowing 61.5 points per game, good for 36th in the country. The Cowboys have allowed more than 60 points just twice over the last seven games, and those are their only losses over that stretch.
Senior guard Avery Anderson III leads the team in scoring (12.2 points), assists (3.3) and steals (2.2). He’s coming off a near double-double with 10 points and nine assists against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, though he did have five turnovers for the second time in three games.
Junior guard Bryce Thompson is the only other Cowboys player averaging in double figures in scoring. He’s scoring 11.5 points per game while shooting 35.7% from 3-point range, though he’s averaged 16.0 points over the last two games.
Forward Moussa Cisse is going to be as he’s a presence in the paint on both ends of the floor. The 7-1 junior is fourth in the country with 2.92 blocks per game while leading the Big 12 with 10.8 rebounds per contest.
Kansas Still Looking for Improvement
Despite an 11-1 record, the Kansas Jayhawks aren’t feeling like they’re playing at their best. Looking at the team’s Dec. 22 win over Harvard, coach Bill Self wasn’t too happy, with the team hitting just 4-of-20 3-point attempts and needing to pull away in the final minutes.
“I was not pleased with Jalen (Wilson) tonight,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “He didn’t guard his man and he didn’t move the ball. He kind of stood.
“But he’s a stud. He closed the game out the way winners close games out. There’s 35 minutes of game that’s really important, but the last five matter more than anything else. He played like an All-American in the last five minutes.”
Wilson finished with 21 points, including 11 in the final 6:24 of the contest. The junior is averaging 21.1 points and 9.0 rebounds.
Guard Dajuan Harris is fifth on the Jayhawks in scoring at 7.7 points per game, but he may be the most important member of the team on the offensive end. That’s because he’s averaging 6.6 assists per game (second in the Big 12), and will need to deal with the pressure put on by the Oklahoma State guards.
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Oklahoma State vs Kansas Head-to-Head
The Kansas Jayhawks have won three straight and eight of the last nine meetings against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Kansas has won the last four meetings between the conference rivals at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Jayhawks are 66-12 against Oklahoma State in Lawrence, Kan., including 51-10 at Allen Fieldhouse. The college basketball lines for Saturday’s contest are heavily favoring Kansas to continue its home dominance with a win.
Oklahoma State vs Kansas Game Information
- Game: Oklahoma State (8-4, 0-0 Big 12) vs Kansas (11-1, 0-0 Big 12)
- Location: Allen Fieldhouse
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec 31, 2:00 p.m. ET
- Oklahoma State vs Kansas Live Stream: TBS.com
Oklahoma State vs Kansas Betting Lines
Oklahoma State vs Kansas Picks & Prediction
The Oklahoma State Cowboys can play well on the defensive end, but the Kansas Jayhawks are a hard team to stop at Allen Fieldhouse. This game should be close before the Jayhawks pull away for the easy victory at home.
When making your college basketball picks, take Kansas to win and cover at home.