The No.13 Kansas Jayhawks are closing in on another regular season title in the Big 12 but they have a stiff competition in the form of the No. 7 Texas Tech Red Raiders who are an identical 10-4 record with them. A win this coming Monday against the careening No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners will boost their chances. Read on for a preview of this Big 12 clash below. Register to bet and wager with your pick.
Betting Preview for the Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas Jayhawks College Basketball Game on February 19, 2018
Where: Allen Fieldhouse
When: Monday, February 19, 9:00PM EST
Line: Oklahoma Sooners () vs Kansas Jayhawks () –view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: BTN
Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (16-10)
It has become too obvious that the Sooners can no longer win simply by relying mostly on Trae Young. The Sooners are on a five-game losing skid, and have lost eight of their last 10 games. They are coming off a 77-66 loss at home against Texas, a defensive-minded team. Young scored 26 points in that game but went just 7-for-21 from the field and 3-for-10 from deep. When Young struggles, the Sooners almost always struggles, too, so guys like Christian James (12.4 PPG) and Brady Manek (11.2 PPG) need to be consistent. The two combined for only 18 points against Texas. The Sooners’ bench also has to show up after producing just 14 points in the Texas game. Young had 26 points in the Sooners’ 85-80 win in Norman on Jan. 23, while James and Manek had 15 and 14, respectively. The Sooners are averaging 88.4 points per contest.
Oklahoma is 3-0 ATS in its last three games against Kansas.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (21-6)
Kansas survived the ever-scary defense of West Virginia, beating the Mountaineers at home on Feb. 17 on Saturday, 77-69. With that said, the Jayhawks should be able to deal with the Sooners’ lousy defense that is allowing 82.2 points per game – one of the worst not only in the Big 12 but in the nation as well. The Jayhawks shot 45.1 percent from the field in the first meeting with Oklahoma and hit 10 three-pointers to negate the nine threes the Sooners hit in that game. One thing they will have to improve on is their rebounding, as the Jayhawks were outrebounded that time by Oklahoma, 40-35. An emerging key factor, meanwhile, for Kansas is big man Udoka Azubuike, who is averaging 13.9 points per game this season, but has scored at least 19 points in three of his last five games, including a 21-point effort in the win over WVU. Kansas is 6-1 SU in its last seven home games.
Kansas returns the favor to Oklahoma and wins, 87-80.
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