The 9th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks fly into Norman, Oklahoma to take on the 15th-ranked Sooners in Saturday afternoon’s regular season finale for both squads.
Lon Kruger’s Sooners hoped this home tilt against perennial power Kansas would decide the 2015 Big 12 championship. However, two road losses in OU’s previous five sunk the Sooners’ chances of becoming the team that ended KU’s run of regular-season dominance.
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The Sooners are one of a trio of Big 12 squads with one or fewer losses in-front of a home crowd this season in their conference. The Jayhawks have won five of the last six visits to the OU campus.
Something will have to give on Saturday.
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
Live College Hoops Odds
Kansas Projected Starting Lineup: Jamari Traylor (F), Perry Ellis (F) Frank Mason III (G), Wayne Selden Jr. (G), Christian Garrett (G).
Oklahoma Projected Starting Lineup: TaShawn Thomas (F), Ryan Spangler (F) Isaiah Cousins (G), Buddy Hield (G), Jordan Woodard (G).
Jayhawks and Sooners will meet for the second time after Kansas beat Oklahoma 85-78 on January 19. In that game, Kansas covered the spread as 5.5-point favorites thanks to Kelly Oubre Jr’s 19 points and Perry Ellis’ 16.
"We played maybe as well as we can play in the first half," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "In the second half, we weren’t as good — we missed some shots — but they were great."
"In the second half we turned it around a little bit, had a little bit more fight," replied Sooners coach Lon Kruger. "We had a little bit of a chance there."
Kansas has won 13 of the last 14 games against Oklahoma and has covered the spread in five of the last seven in the series. Also, the game total has gone OVER in five of the last six, including the last four in a row.
The Jayhawks are led by junior forward Perry Ellis (14.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.3 APG) and sophomore guard Frank Mason III (12.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.2 APG). Kansas’ offense averages 71.9 points per game (72nd in the nation), shooting 44.3% from the field (122nd), and recording 13.7 assists per game (96th). The Jayhawks defense allows 64.8 PPG (135th) and grabs 38.0 rebounds per game (32nd).
Junior guard Buddy Hield leads the Sooners (17.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.8 APG), along junior guard Isaiah Cousins (12.0 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 2.1 APG). Oklahoma’s offense averages 72.3 points per game (64th), shooting 44.2% from the field (128th) and posting 12.8 assists per game (163rd). Their defense allows 62.7 PPG (85th) and records 37.6 RPG (39th).
Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last five games on the road and 5-1 SU in its last six games when playing on the road against Oklahoma. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas’ last five games on the road but OVER in 5 of Kansas’ last six games when playing on the road against Oklahoma.
Oklahoma is 0-5 ATS in its last five games, 8-2 SU in its last ten games, and 5-0 SU in its last five games at home. The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oklahoma’s last 11 games.
The Kansas Jayhawks are the only Big 12 team that the Oklahoma Sooners do not have an all-time winning record against.