Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas Jayhawks – NCAAM February 8

9:00 p.m. ET – No. 23 Oklahoma State at Kansas (-6½) O/U: 140

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Oklahoma State +6½ (-110) +225 O 140 (-105)
Kansas -6½ (-110) -265 U 140 (-115)

The 12-5 Cowboys travel to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the 12-7 Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kansas. Oklahoma State is fresh off its biggest win of the season picking up a double-overtime victory on Saturday, knocking off sixth-ranked Texas. That victory propelled the Cowboys into the Associated Press Top 25 college basketball rankings at No. 23. Kansas has now lost three of four including a 91-79 loss in Morgantown to West Virginia on Saturday. Kansas has now fallen out of the AP top 25 for the first time since 2009.

Oklahoma State Cowboys LogoThe Cowboys will be going for the season sweep after defeating the Jayhawks back on Jan. 12, 75-70. Oklahoma State is led by star freshman Cade Cunnigham who leads the Big 12 Conference in scoring with an average 18.2 points per game. Cunningham had 18 points and seven rebounds in the first matchup between these two teams.

Kansas Jayhawks LogoKansas is led by guard Ochai Agbaji who averages 14.1 points per game. But the leading scorer for the Jayhawks in the first matchup was forward David McCormack with 24 points and 12 rebounds. For the last several years under Coach Bill Self, Kansas has been dominant in home games.

Not this season. Without the usual sellout crowds backing them, the Jayhawks have struggled mightily at times at home, as is evident by their 4-7 record against the spread inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Please Note:
Oklahoma State is 5-2 against the spread both as underdog and on the road this season. Nonetheless, the more experienced Jayhawks appear to have a massive advantage in this game simply in the fact that Oklahoma State is an extremely young team that is fresh off its biggest win of the season only two days ago. That big win also came in double overtime, which can be just as mentally draining as it is physically for Coach Mike Boynton’s squad.

Kansas has its back against the wall and now has a great opportunity to pick up a quality win at home to get back on track. Expect Kansas to control this game from start to finish and collect a double-digit home win to easily cover the spread of 6.5 points.

The Bets
Kansas -6½
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