College Basketball Expert Picks: Oklahoma State At Kansas

Posted by Henry Watkins on Friday,January 13, 2017 11:37, EST in

Usually by this stage of the season, we have a solid grasp on which teams are going to make a run at a National Championshipb, and which ones are going to be the whipping boys for the remainder of the year. Then there are a couple who make you scratch your head a little because you are not entirely sure what to make of them. It may sound a little odd to put the number 2 team in the nation in that bracket, but there are a lot of people who are not entirely convinced by them at this point. Yes, they are winning, but they are not exactly doing it in blowout style. They will have another game that shouldn’t test them too much this coming Saturday when the Oklahoma State Cowboys come to town. While it’s a game that, on paper at least, looks straightforward, it’s also one that probably won’t do much to tell us anything more about this Jayhawks team. All they can do is keep winning until they hammer home the point that they are a team to be reckoned with.

A Closer Look At The College Basketball Expert Picks: Cowboys At Jayhawks

When: Saturday, January 14 at 2 PM EST
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence
TV: ESPN2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAB Odds: TBA

 

 

Why bet on the Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Cowboys have seen their season fall apart since they entered conference play, going 0-4 to start their Big-12 campaign. In fairness to the Cowboys, this will be their third game in five against ranked opponents. While they may be on a losing skid right now, OK State have been competitive in all but one, and they even pushed #2 Baylor all the way to the limit in a 61-57 loss. Kansas will have looked at that game and seen it as a definite sign that they cannot go into this game thinking that they will simply win without much effort. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have a losing record on the road this season, but their record is not really a true indication of how they have been playing.

Why bet on the Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks opened their season with a loss to Indiana, but they have been perfect since then, taking their overall record to 15-1. Other than a win over Duke, which came in their second game of the season, the Jayhawks have not really had to face any major opposition. They appear to be going through the motions at times, and while they have started Big-12 conference play with a perfect 4-0 record, they have had a couple of close calls in those games, specifically against TCU and Kansas State, a pair of games that they won by a combined 8 points. The proof of how they are playing can be seen in the fact that they are 5-9 ATS in lined games this season.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Despite the fact that Kansas have not been as dominant as many people expected, they continue to find ways to win, and I believe they will do the same here. I expect this one to be a little more comfortable for them than in recent outings.

Oklahoma State Cowboys 71 Kansas Jayhawks 84