The eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks visit the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday for a Big 12 showdown in Stillwater at the Gallagher-Iba Arena. The game tips at 2 PM today on ESPN and will be streamed live on WatchESPN.
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Kansas at Oklahoma State Odds, Final Score Prediction & TV Info
Matchup: (8) Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma State Cowboys
Date: Feb. 7, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Stadium: Gallagher-Iba Arena
TV Info: ESPN
Radio: Kansas Vs Oklahoma State
Point Spread: Kansas Jayhawks -1.5
Kansas is 19-3 this season, and the Jayhawks are tops in the Big 12 standings with an 8-1 league record and look strong for the big dance come March Madness. On the other end of the court, the Cowboys are 15-7 this year, including a 5-5 record in Big 12 play.
Kansas Will Cover the Spread If
Kansas is patient on the offensive end.
One of the great things about Bill Self’s team is that it can play almost any style of basketball that’s required of it. Kansas thumped Iowa State 89 to 76 while running and gunning with the Cyclones. If you want to test Kansas’ ability to get easy buckets in transition, they’ll make you pay for doing that.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) February 6, 2015
But, the Jayhawks will also make you pay if you think that you can get away with slowing the game down against them. Versus Kansas State, Rock Chalk only scored 68 points, but they won the game 68 to 57. The versatility is due to the fact that everybody on the starting five, including leading scorer Perry Ellis, can handle the basketball. If Kansas is patient, like they were versus Kansas State, TCU and Oklahoma State in the first game, a 67 to 54 victory, they should be able to cover the spread.
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Oklahoma State Will Cover the Spread If
The Cowboys get balanced scoring.
Oklahoma State controlled the tempo early versus Oklahoma when running out to a 32 to 25 halftime lead. The Cowboys looked very good, but they ended up getting into a running game with the Sooners in the second half and ended up losing 64 to 56.
The Cowboys have two excellent guards in Phil Forte III and Anthony Hickey. Hickey leads the team in assists per game while Forte III leads the team in points per matchup. The guards accounted for 25 of Oklahoma State’s 56 points. That’s not going to cut it versus Kansas who can play an inside/outside game with almost anybody in their starting 5.
In the first game versus Kansas, Le’Bryan Nash, who scores 16.9 points per game for Oklahoma State, did score 21, but the rest of the Cowboys accounted for only 36 points. It’s impossible to stay close, much less beat, a team like the Jayhawks when most of your scoring comes from one or two players. Kansas is too good at making adjustments to let that happen.
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