College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Tuesday, 1/14/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Kansas State -4
Current Betting Line: Kansas State -5.5
Opening Total: 146.5
Current Total: 146
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Oklahoma has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off an 87-82 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones as 4.5-point home underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 170. The Sooners have all five probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Cameron Clark leading the way at 18.3 points a contest, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks. Oklahoma is 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS as road underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Sooners are the only Big 12 Conference program to use the same starting lineup in every game this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page. Oklahoma is ranked for the first time since Nov. 23, 2009, as it attempts to snap a two-game losing streak in this series. Sophomore guard Buddy Hield is an important player to handicap in this affair, as he leads the Big 12 with 13 3-point makes since the start of conference play.
Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to begin a two-game homestand, as it looks to bounce back from a 86-60 blowout loss to the Kansas Jayhawks as 11.5-point road underdogs last Saturday. The Wildcats are 6-3 SU following a loss under head coach Bruce Weber. The team leads the conference in allowing just 59.8 points per game, as it limits opponents to 26.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Kansas State is 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS as home favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Wildcats have demonstrated balance across the board with seven players leading the team in scoring and assists, while five have paced the squad in rebounding. Kansas State has three probable starters scoring in double figures, with freshman guard Marcus Foster averaging 13.7 points per game. These two programs have split the last 12 meetings at this venue dating back to 1995. During the Weber era, the team is 25-2 SU at home, including a 9-1 mark in conference play.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 11-1 in the Wildcats’ last 12 home games.
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