College Basketball Betting Analysis: Kansas vs. Oklahoma

College Basketball Betting Analysis: Kansas vs. Oklahoma

Written by on January 23, 2018

If you had to choose one word to describe the college basketball betting action this season, the most appropriate word may well be cutthroat. There are no unbeaten teams at this point, and there hasn’t been one for quite some time. The big teams are dropping like flies on a regular basis, and it has become even more precarious for them during conference play. The perfect example of this can be seen in the Big 12 Conference, where no team has been able to me it through the first 7 conference games without taking at least one loss.The Big 12 has become totally unpredictable, which is perhaps why it is so much fun to watch. We have another really good one lined up for Tuesday night, with a pair of ranked Big 12 teams going head to head. The Kansas Jayhawks, who have the best record in conference play, will be on the road to face the slight NCAAB lines favorite Oklahoma Sooners in a game that should be highly entertaining. A win for Kansas would see them open up a lead atop the Big 12, while a Kansas win would make things even tighter than it already is.

Jayhawks vs. Sooners College Basketball Betting Analysis

  • When: Tuesday, January 23 at 7 PM EST
  • Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 105.9 FM (Kansas) / 1430 AM (Oklahoma)
  • Live Stream: Watch ESPN
  • College Basketball Betting Odds: Oklahoma Sooners -1 (Over/Under at 169.5 points)

Team Records

  • All: Kansas Jayhawks 15-3 / Oklahoma Sooners 14-3
  • Home: Kansas Jayhawks 10-3 / Oklahoma Sooners 10-1
  • Away: Kansas Jayhawks 5-0 / Oklahoma Sooners 4-2
  • ATS: Kansas Jayhawks 10-7 / Oklahoma Sooners 7-9
  • Over/Under: Kansas Jayhawks 8-9 / Oklahoma Sooners 12-4

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Kansas Jayhawks lead 8-2
  • Score: Kansas Jayhawks 80.30 / Oklahoma Sooners 74.80
  • Field Goal Percentage: Kansas Jayhawks 45.07 / Oklahoma Sooners 39.44
  • Rebounds: Kansas Jayhawks 41.20 / Oklahoma Sooners 36.60
  • 3 Point Shots: Kansas Jayhawks 85-192 / Oklahoma Sooners 71-206
  • Steals: Kansas Jayhawks 5.90 / Oklahoma Sooners 6.60

Why bet on the Kansas Jayhawks?

The Kansas Jayhawks are a talented bunch, currently ranked #5 in the nation with a 16-3 record, but they have been grinding out wins in conference play. They lost early on in the Big 12 to Texas Tech, but have reeled off 5 straight since then to go to 6-1 in the conference. While the wins have been coming thick and fast, the games have been close, with the attest being a come from behind 70-67 win over Baylor.The average margin of victory in this current 5-game winning run is just 4 points, which proves that the difference between winning and losing in the Big 12 is about as tight as it gets. The Jayhawks have had a tough schedule this season, having already played 5 ranked teams and posting a 3-2 record in those games. They win by scoring big most nights, averaging 84.2 PPG, while giving up 69.8 PPG. Kansas are 10-8 ATS this season and 8-10 O/U.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 84.21
  • Field Goal Percentage: 50.17
  • Three-Point Percentage: 41.06
  • Free Throw Percentage: 70.99
  • Total Rebounds: 36.47
Defense
  • Total Score: 69.79
  • Field Goal Percentage: 40.19
  • Three-Point Percentage: 31.43
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.64
  • Total Rebounds: 35.63

Why bet on the Oklahoma Sooners?

While the Sooners have been incredibly fun to watch this season, they are in a position where they are perhaps a little too reliant on a single player. Freshman Trae Young is posting gaudy numbers that are likely to lead him to an MVP this season, but there have been times when he has been asked to shoulder too much of the responsibility, which leads to mistakes and eventual losses.Trae Young and the Sooners are slight College Basketball Betting favorites against Kansas.The Sooners are currently ranked #12 with a 14-4 record, but those losses are starting to come with stunning regularity, including back to back defeats coming into this pivotal game. A perfect example of what Oklahoma has become could be seen on Saturday night, where Young delivered 48 points, yet still saw his team lose. The one-man show needs to end if the Sooners are to start winning again. The Sooners are 7-10 ATS and 12-5 O/U this season.

Team Statistics

Offense
  • Total Score: 91.56
  • Field Goal Percentage: 48.08
  • Three-Point Percentage: 39.56
  • Free Throw Percentage: 74.01
  • Total Rebounds: 40.67
Defense
  • Total Score: 81.61
  • Field Goal Percentage: 42.81
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.79
  • Free Throw Percentage: 72.91
  • Total Rebounds: 38.67

Latest College Basketball Betting Trends

  • Jayhawks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games on the road
  • Jayhawks are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Kansas’s last 23 games on the road
  • Sooners are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
  • Sooners are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oklahoma’s last 5 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think we are going to get a close one here, and it may well be home court advantage that wins out. I like Oklahoma to get back to winning ways in their own building, so be sure to include them in your College Basketball Betting Picks.Score: Kansas Jayhawks 76 – Oklahoma Sooners 80
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