Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks Betting Preview
Where: Allen Fieldhouse— Lawrence, Kansas
When: Monday, February 27, 2017, 9:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
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Betting on the Oklahoma Sooners (10-18, 4-12 Big 12)
This season’s been clouded with misery for the Sooners, who are currently in a last-place tie in the Big 12, and lost their leading scorer Jordan Woodard to an ACL tear earlier this month. However, there is optimism in this group right now thanks to an 81-51 victory on Saturday versus Kansas State—their best win in league play, and also head coach Lon Kruger’s 600th win with the program.
Junior forward Khadeem Lattin led Oklahoma with 17 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 5-of-8 overall from the field. Rashard Odomes and Jordan Shepherd, meanwhile, pitched in 16 and 12 points, respectively, to round up the team’s top contributors.
The Sooners’ won the game through defense, though. They allowed the Wildcats to knock down just 25 percent of their shot attempts, including 3-for-23 from down town. They’re definitely going to need another massive defensive effort against No. 3 Kansas, which averages more than 80 points per contest this season.
Oklahoma is 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS in the last 10 meetings with the Jayhawks.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (26-3, 14-2 Big 12)
Third-ranked Kansas is the overwhelming favorite here for several reasons. The Jayhawks already beat Oklahoma earlier this season, their third-straight win in the series. They are on a six-game winning streak; they carry an offense that puts up at least 80 points per game, and a defense that usually pulls out the necessary stops.
The Jayhawks also just clinched their 13th-consecutive Big 12 title with Saturday’s 77-67 win in Texas, giving them more momentum and confidence heading into this final home game against the Sooners.
Senior Frank Mason III (20.2 PPG) and freshman Josh Jackson (16.3) should continue to provide the offense. The two combined for 34 points in the win over the Longhorns, which extended their respective double-digit scoring runs.
Mason has only been held below 10 points once this season, while Jackson’s put up 14 or more in his last 11 outings. He’s averaging 18.8 points per game in that stretch.
Kansas has won 33-straight home finales, and is 14-1 at Allen Fieldhouse this season.
Kansas (-14.5) wins and covers.
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