NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners
Wednesday, 1/8/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -4
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -4.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas Jayhawks have won 22-straight conference openers

The Kansas Jayhawks have won 22-straight conference openers

Kansas will try to bounce back from a 61-57 setback to the San Diego State Aztecs as 10.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in four contests.  The Jayhawks have won 22-straight conference openers dating back to the 1991-92 season, with 12 of those coming on the road, which is important to consider when making your NCAA basketball picks.  Offensively, the team is averaging 77.7 points per game, while out-rebounding foes by an average of 6.3 boards a contest.  Kansas is 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Jayhawks are led on the offensive end by freshman guard Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 15.8 points a contest.  Since 2006, Kansas has won 10 of the last 11 meetings, including four of the last five affairs in Lloyd Noble, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NCAA basketball odds.  Defensively, the team has held every opponent under 50 percent this season, with the bench outscoring its opponents in 10 of 13 affairs.

Oklahoma picked up an 88-85 victory over the Texas Longhorns as 6.5-point road underdogs last time out, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests.  The Sooners have five players averaging in double figures, with senior forward Cameron Clark leading the way at 17.7 points a contest—ranking him third in the Big 12 in scoring.  It’s important to point out that the program has used the same starting lineup in every game this season.  Oklahoma is 1-2 SU and 2-1 ATS as home underdogs of 3.5 to 6 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Sooners have four players that have already scored more points through 14 games this year than they did all of last season.  Oklahoma entered its last affair averaging 7.4 3-point makes per game, but it managed to knock down 13 of 28 attempts in Austin.  In the first eight games during the 2013-14 campaign, the squad was out-rebounded by an average of 0.7 boards per contest, but it has won that battle by 9.7 in its last six affairs.

Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners due to the home team covering the number in four of the last five meetings in this series.

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