Oklahoma Sooners (11-1) vs Kansas Jayhawks (11-1)Date : 01/02/2019
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas Jayhawks
The Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas, to battle the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Kansas recently fell out of the top spot in the nation as they suffered a four-point loss on the road to the Arizona State Sun Devils; However, were able to pick up a victory in their last outing versus the Eagles of Eastern Michigan at home as they began to blitz the Eagles early on in allowing just 26 points to the visitors while scoring 46 points to end the first half. Furthermore, for the game, Kansas shot to well over 55% from the floor while allowing just 30% shooting for the Eagles en route to a blowout victory.
On the other hand, the Oklahoma Sooners enter this matchup winners of 7th straight games as he picked up a win over the Northwestern Wildcats in their last outing as the Sooners shot awful throughout the contest as they needed overtime in which to outscore the Wildcats 10-3 in which to pick up the much-needed victory.
Oklahoma Sooners's Latest Performance :
As stated, Oklahoma had their lowest scoring output in the last five games as they put up 76 points on the Northwestern Wildcats while obtaining a huge victory behind just 43% shooting on the night while the Sooners were uncharacteristically terrible from three-point range is they shot just 5 of 21 for the night as Kristian Doolittle came off the bench in which to provide a huge lift in scoring 14 points while Rashard Odomes also came off the bench in which to score 13 points. Leading scorer, Christian James, however, went 5-21 from the floor on a terrible night from the field while ending with 12 points in the contest while also pulling down nine rebounds in the winning effort.
On the other hand, Vic Law led Northwestern in scoring with 23 points along with eight rebounds on 9 for 23 shooting from the floor as Oklahoma also won the rebounding battle by a 43-32 margin. In all, look for Oklahoma to relish in this opportunity to face a highly-ranked Kansas squad on the road as they will certainly be looking to atone from their last meeting versus the Jayhawks where they lost by 30 points, total.
Kansas Jayhawks's Latest Performance :
The top-ranked defense for Kansas stiffened up, yet again, versus the Eagles of Eastern Michigan is their last outing as they allowed just 30% shooting from the floor along with 18% shooting from three-point range on the night as Paul Johnson went 5-15 for the night while leading the team with 15 points. On the other hand, The Jayhawks were able to shoot 7 of 21 from 3-point range while shooting a tad over 53% for the night as Udoka Azubuike led the team with 22 points along with nine rebounds as he went 10-13 from the floor. Quentin Grimes also chipped in 16 points as he went 2 – 4 from 3-point range in addition to Devon Dotson chipping in 14 points in the winning effort for the Jayhawks.
The Kansas Jayhawks were certainly not sharp in this matchup as they committed 17 turnovers on the night while also barely outrebounding the Eastern Michigan Eagles by a 40-39 margin for the game. Nonetheless, Kansas will certainly take the victory and move on as they will certainly like to string together a couple of victories moving forward after such a rough outing of play vs the Sun Devils of Arizona State. They will certainly need to bring their best game for this matchup versus an Oklahoma Sooners team that is only allowing opponents to shoot 38% from the floor per game while their offense has posted 80 points or more in four of their last five games, overall.
How Oklahoma Sooners & Kansas Jayhawks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Oklahoma is 10 – 1 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 4-8
Kansas is 6 – 6 against the spread while the OU 8 – 3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be a great matchup as the Kansas Jayhawks will be looking to continue their stellar play in 2018 by picking up a victory versus a up-and-coming Oklahoma sooner squad that are winners of nine of their last 10 games, as stated. Look for both teams to push the pace often in this matchup as they will both be looking to kick-start their offenses. On the other hand, look for The Jayhawks, who are allowing teams the average only 56 points in their last for home outings, overall, to also establish themselves on the defensive end of the floor as well as Oklahoma has certainly been lighting it up in the scoring department, lately.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Kansas Jayhawks
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Jayhawks in this matchup as I see them pulling away late in the game versus an Oklahoma team that will simply be outdone by an athletic and talented squad in the Jayhawks. Also, combine this with the fact that the Jayhawks have simply been stellar at home all season long, look for Oklahoma to have its fair share of difficulties on both ends of the floor in this contest. With that being the case, look for the Jayhawks to be the strong play as they will pull away from a decent Oklahoma team in which to pick up a much-needed victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this matchup as both teams are very similiar to each other, particularly on the offensive end. With that being the case, look for both defenses to give a solid effort throughout this contest as neither team will want their opponents to gain any type of confidence throughout the bulk of this matcuph. Of course, Kansas will excel in this area towards the latter parts of the game while pulling out a much-needed victory. Nonetheless, the total will certainly stay under its set limit in the end.
Betting trends for Oklahoma Sooners:
- The Sooners are 7-0 against the spread in their last seven games
- The under is 5-2 in Sooners last 7 games
Betting trends for Kansas Jayhawks:
- The Jayhawks are 2-3 against the spread in last 5 games
- The over is 3-1-1 in Jayhawks last 5 games