Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 1-14-2020
On Tuesday night, the Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners will do battle in this Big 12 Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 9:00 PM ET.
Television-wise, the matchup will be broadcast on ESPN.
Kansas Looking To Bounce Back OffensivelyThe Kansas Jayhawks are having another great season. They are ranked sixth in the college basketball rankings, 12-3 overall, 2-1 in conference play, and 3-1 away. The Jayhawks have had a mix of close games and double digit wins. The close games have mostly been against other ranked teams. Kansas is 3-3 against ranked teams and they have really played a lot of good teams so far, and this practice against elite teams will help them, once March Madness comes around. Devon Dotson leads the team in points per game with 18.
According to 247sports.com, KU basketball point guard Dotsonis expected to play through a hip injury sustained during the Baylor game, according to KU coach Bill Self.
"We met yesterday. We watched tape," Self said. "We talked through some stuff but we did not practice yesterday. So I haven't seen him. I know he's been getting treatment. It's a hip pointer, so he's going to be sore regardless."
In their last game, Kansas lost to number two Baylor 67-55. The Jayhawks were down 13 at halftime and they just couldn't dig themselves out of that double digit hole. Kansas had two players finish in double figures in scoring and Isaiah Moss led the way in scoring with 15 points. The Jayhawks shot an okay 39.2 percent from the field, 4 for 15 from three, and 11 of 14 from the free throw line. The rebound numbers were high and the team had plenty of blocks. They just need to have a better start, limit the turnovers, and get that bench scoring going.
Oklahoma Looking For A Statement WinThe Oklahoma Sooners are having a nice season. They are 11-4 overall. 2-1 in conference play, and 6-0 at home. The Sooners had a 5-0 start to their season and now they have gone 6-4 in their last ten games. Those first few wins were mostly by double digits and around five to nine point wins. Then they started to lose to ranked teams, but still manage to get some solid wins along the way. Oklahoma is 0-2 against ranked teams, but the games were decently close. The Sooners haven't lost at home and they will look for the upset win. Kristian Doolittle leads the team in points per game with 17.1.
According to tulsaworld.com, on Tuesday night, Oklahoma’s Top Daug will be reintroduced following a 16-year hiatus prior to the Sooners’ 8 p.m. game against Kansas at Lloyd Noble Center.
Former OU coach Billy Tubbs called Top Daug “a great member of our team. He was exciting.”
“Let’s do Underdog to start. We’re just starting this program. We’re not the Top Daug yet, Tubbs recalled saying at the time. We’re the underdog. Then we’ll name him (Top Daug) when we get to be the top of the conference. That’s exactly what we did. We had him for a couple of years as Underdog and as we grew in the conference, we called him Top Daug."
In their last game, the Sooners lost to Iowa State 81-68. Oklahoma was down 17 points at the half, were able to put up a lot of scoring in the second, but it wasn't enough. The Sooners had five players finish in double figures in scoring and Brady Manek led the way in scoring with 17 points. Oklahoma shot a solid 47.7 percent from the field, 40.9 percent from three, and 17 of 24 from the free throw line. They could work on getting those rebounds, as they were out rebounded offensively, 12-3. Also, they need to throw the ball around more and limit some bad turnovers.
Stats & Trends
The top supporting trends for Kansas, found on Covers.com are:
- Jayhawks are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games as a road favorite.
- Jayhawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games.
- Jayhawks are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 road games.
The top supporting trends for Oklahoma, found on Covers.com are:
- Sooners are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games.
Both of these teams are coming off of somewhat bad losses. For the second time this season, the Kansas offense scored 55 points, which is their lowest point total. This team is 11-0, when they score at least 70 points. However, the Jayhawks haven't had that high point total in three of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Sooners are 0-2 against ranked teams and 6-0 at home. Three of their four losses were by at least ten points and they gave up at least 80 points. However, the Sooners seem to give an all around better effort at home and they will have some mascot hype back. Kansas shoots seven percent better from the field and five percent better from three. The rebounds are pretty even, but the Jayhawks are better at getting offense rebounds, and making those second chance points. Oklahoma does take care of the ball more and they shoot ten percent better than Kansas from the free throw line. Also, the Sooners have some depth scoring going for them. Doston makes the offense and defense flow for Kansas and Doolittle is a scorer and gets his team those extra possessions. Look for both teams to have a better start in this game. Kansas will be more effective from the field and get some nice stops around the hoop. Oklahoma will keep pace in this game because of their threes and ability to get to the free throw line, and make those shots. A few silly mistakes at the end and second chance points will be just enough for a Kansas win, but they won't cover the spread. Kansas wins 75-70.