The Oklahoma State Cowboys are in for a tough test in Lawrence this weekend, as they are set to face the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks are tough to beat at home, but a win at Allen Fieldhouse will give the Cowboys’ March Madness resume a huge shot in the arm.
Will Kansas dominate the Cowboys? Or will Oklahoma State score its biggest win of the season?
Betting Preview for the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks College Basketball Game on February 9, 2019
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-12 Overall / 2-6 Conference)
The first half of Big 12 play hasn’t been good to the Cowboys, who, as of this writing, are 2-6 SU so far since the conference schedule kicked in. In their latest outing, the Cowboys got beat up badly by the Kansas State Wildcats in Stillwater, 75-57. The Cowboys’ inept offense reared its ugly head once again for the team, as they shot just 40.7 percent from the field. They hit 11 of their 20 3-point attempts, but they are clearly too reliant on long-range shots. In fact, the Cowboys get 38.5 percent of their points from 3-point shots, which makes them kind of predictable. They are shooting only 46.0 percent from inside the arc, which is ranked 311th in the nation. The Cowboys may have to mix it up against Kansas, which certainly has a good idea of Oklahoma State’s modus operandi on offense.
Oklahoma State, which is second in the Big 12 with 38.2 percent shooting from distance, is 3-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games against Kansas.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (17-5 Overall / 6-3 Conference)
When it comes to being a productive and efficient two-point shooting team, the Jayhawks stand directly of Oklahoma State on the other end of the spectrum. While the Cowboys are the worst two-point shooting team in the Big 12, Kansas is the best. The Jayhawks are nailing 51.8 percent of their two-point attempts on a 52.8 percent success rate – way above the average in the Division I. And it looks like their ability to knock shots from within short range is going to be huge key to success for the Jayhawks against Oklahoma State’s defense that is third worst in the Big 12 against two-pointers. Also, Kansas’ sudden weakness on the glass due its losses of big men Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa is unlikely to be felt much by the Jayhawks in this game, as Oklahoma State isn’t a great rebounding team either. The Cowboys are averaging just 35.6 rebounds per game to 37.6 by Kansas. The Jayhawks have the top-ranked player in the Big 12 according to KenPom in the form of Dedric Lawson, who is averaging 19.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game.
Kansas is 10-0 straight up (SU) and 5-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last 10 home games.
Kansas wins, 79-67.
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