In a duel of first and second-place Big 12 squads, the 9th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will end the 2014-15 regular season campaign on the road in a tilt against the 15th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, OK. The game tips on Saturday, March 7 at 4 PM ET at the Lloyd Noble Center. ESPN will broadcast the game live and stream it on WatchESPN.com with the hometown Sooners at 5.5-point favorites.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) March 6, 2015
KU is coming off a 76-69 overtime win against No. 20 West Virginia from March 3, a victory which earned the Jayhawks the 2015 Big 12 regular-season title outright. Oklahoma is looking to rebound from a 77-70 loss at No. 17/17 Iowa State on March 2.
A Closer Look At The UK Jayhawks at OU Sooners Odds, Analyzing My Free Pick & How To Stream
Matchup: (9) Kansas Jayhawks at (15) Oklahoma Sooners
Date: Mar. 7, 2015
Start Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Norman, Oklahoma
Stadium: Lloyd Noble Center
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Kansas Vs Oklahoma
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Point Spread: Oklahoma Sooners -5.5
Kansas Will Cover the Spread 5.5 point If
The Jayhawks can play top-notch defense for the entire game.
Kansas was absolutely brilliant offensively versus Oklahoma in the first matchup between these two squads on January 19. While Oklahoma’s defense usually allows only 62.7 points off of 38.4% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from behind the three-point line, Kansas went off and shot 48.3% from the field when hitting 29 out of 60 shots.
The Jayhawks hit 10 out of 19 from the field for 52.6% from behind the three-point line. But, here’s the thing, even though Kansas scored 85 points, they only beat Oklahoma 85 to 78 after running out to a 51 to 32 half time lead. The Sooners outscored Kansas 46 to 34 in the second half. If Kansas can’t play a full 40 minutes of good defense, they could not only fail to cover the spread in this matchup, but the Jayhawks could also lose straight up to the usually very good shooting Oklahoma Sooners.
Oklahoma Will Cover the Spread If
Oklahoma flips the script in the first half.
Oklahoma likes to run and gun. The team has excellent defensive numbers on average, but on offense, Oklahoma likes to shoot early in the shot clock. When the Sooners have won impressively, it’s been when they’ve taken a lot of shots early on during the shot clock and have made those shots.
— Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) March 6, 2015
For example, Oklahoma beat Iowa State 94 to 83 by shooting early and making shots. Versus Kansas, Oklahoma tried to run and gun, the Sooners took 65 shots to Kansas’ 60, they just didn’t make as many, 26 to Kansas’ 29. They also didn’t make as many from behind the arc, Kansas made 10 out of 19 and Oklahoma made 8 out of 25. This led to Kansas’ 51 to 32 half time lead. In order to cover in this matchup, Oklahoma needs to flip the script on the Jayhawks. Running and gunning versus a team like Kansas isn’t a bad idea, but in order to cover the spread, the Sooners have to make their shots.