The No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-3, 17-1 Big 12) battle against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-14, 8-11 Big 12) in the Big 12 Conference Tourney at Sprint Center. The game will air on ESPN2 at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks ATS Prediction
In the Cowboys’ last outing, they defeated the Iowa State Cyclones, 72-71. The Cowboys made 17 of their 22 free throws (77.3 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (17.2 vs. 18.8). With 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting, Isaac Likekele led Oklahoma State in scoring.
The Jayhawks were victorious over the No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders in their last contest, 66-62. The Jayhawks held the Red Raiders to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.0 (below their season average of 28.2). The Red Raiders had a free throw rate of 0.129 (below their season average of 0.265). With 15 points and 11 rebounds, Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike played well.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams battle. Kansas ranks 256th in possessions per game (67.5) and Oklahoma State is 259th (67.4).
Oklahoma State vs. Kansas ATS Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Under
Kansas ranks 40th in rebounds allowed per game (32.0) while Oklahoma State ranks 146th (34.8).
The Jayhawks rank 24th in blocks per game (4.7) while the Cowboys rank 119th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Kansas ranks 85th in assists per game (13.9) while Oklahoma State ranks 164th in assists allowed per game (12.8).
The Jayhawks average 7.6 steals per game, which ranks 54th in the NCAA. The Cowboys rank 104th in steals allowed per game (6.2).
Kansas averages 18.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 245th in the country. Oklahoma State ranks 278th in three pointers allowed per game (25.0).
The Cowboys’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.2, up from 1.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 70.0 points per game (4.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.0 points per game (0.3 above their season average).