The Kansas Jayhawks fly to Stillwater for a marquee Big 12 matchup against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Kansas is ranked No. 6 in the nation going into Tuesday night in Oklahoma. From what I’ve seen from the Jayhawks, that ranking is perfectly fair for them. I would have them somewhere between No. 4 to No. 7, so no complaints with where the Jayhawks are in the country. They go into Stillwater with a record of 10-2. The Jayhawks just got by against the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday, 63-59.
Kansas won the game, but failed to cover the seven points. This was after a blowout of the TCU Horned Frogs, 93-64, a week ago on January 5. That was an impressive performance on the road for Kansas, who were in full control from start to finish. Their only losses this season came against Gonzaga in the season opener, 102-90, and Texas, 84-59. That was a shocker against the Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas forgot to show up to play, as Texas took advantage and helped themselves out to a blowout win.
The Gonzaga loss was understandable, though. That Bulldogs team is a juggernaut. It’s going to require an upset in the NCAA Tournament to knock off Gonzaga. Upsets are a big part of the tournament, and Gonzaga has been on the receiving end of upsets in March, so not so fast awarding the Bulldogs the national title. If not Gonzaga, it’s going to be a wide open race. There are several teams we could talk about, including Kansas. Oklahoma State might be able to make a deep push in March as well.
Oklahoma State has been solid, but nothing outstanding that makes any one consider the Cowboys as a national contender. The Cowboys are unranked going into Tuesday night. However, a win over the Jayhawks would likely put them in the Top 25. If Kansas goes into Stillwater sleepwalking like they did against the Sooners recently, then an upset minded Cowboys squad could get this done tonight. Head below for our free Kansas vs. Oklahoma State pick on January 12, 2021.
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Kansas is tough to beat when they’re focused on the task at hand. We’ve seen them get lazy at times, though, and nearly paid for it with another loss on Saturday against the Sooners. Oklahoma was up at the break by a score of 33-31, but the Jayhawks were able to impose their will to win the second-half, 32-26. Kansas has netted an average of 76.9 points per game for 94th in the NCAA.
Given that, you’d expect the Jayhawks to be better statistically on the defensive floor. However, Kansas has conceded 66.8 points per game, which is good for 100th in the country. The strength of their schedule certainly has something to do with the numbers. Just common sense can be applied there. They are better than their numbers indicate. They didn’t get to 11-2 because they’re not a good basketball team. Kansas has been strong on the road defensively, with just 60.5 points allowed per game. They are also on a five-game winning streak over Oklahoma State going into this contest.
Having said that, Kansas has survived some close calls this season. They just nearly lost against Oklahoma, and North Dakota State brought them to the wire in a 65-61 game on December 5. Also note that the Jayhawks barely beat Creighton, 73-72, and Texas Tech, 58-57. They’ve been playing with fire in some games, and could easily be worse than 11-2 right now. It’s hard to see Oklahoma State laying down in this one. They’ve been playing decent basketball of their own.
The Cowboys are coming off a 70-54 win over Kansas State on the road Saturday. All three of their losses were competitive games. They were in all three contests and had a chance to win. However, Oklahoma State was on the losing side in a 77-76 loss against TCU, Texas, 77-74, and West Virginia, 87-84. In other words, they’ve lost three games by a combined 7 points. Oklahoma State has scored 77.3 points per game for 89th in the NCAA. At home that rises to 82.4 points a game. I’m willing to take the home underdog in this spot. Kansas could be in for another tight battle tonight.