NCAA Basketball Picks: Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Oklahoma Sooners at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks
Saturday, 1/26/12, 4:00 PM EST, TV: ESPN
Opening Point Spread: Kansas -14
Current Betting Line: Kansas -14
Opening Total: 133
Current Total: 134
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Oklahoma has won six of its last seven games, including a 73-67 victory over the Texas Longhorns as 7.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the total in its last three opportunities. The Sooners are currently in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12 Conference, while they’ve also compiled a respectable 6-3 record away from Norman during the 2012-13 college basketball season. Oklahoma is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games overall, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks Saturday.
The Sooners have lost their last 11 road games to the Jayhawks, while also dropping their last nine overall in this series. In Big 12 play, Oklahoma leads the league in averaging 71.6 points per game, while ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage. Offensively, the team shot 48.1 percent last time out, which was the highest by a Longhorns’ foe this year. Two of the program’s four losses this season have come to ranked teams, while the other two have been by a combined four points.
Kansas returns to the friendly confines of Allen Fieldhouse, as it returns home off a two-game sweep of its latest road trip, including a 59-55 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats as 3.5-point favorites last time out. The Jayhawks currently possess the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games, which is the third longest during the Bill Self era. The program is averaging 75.1 points per game, while allowing just 59.1, which ends up providing a Big 12-leading plus-16.0 scoring margin. Kansas is 5-2 ATS in its last seven meetings with Oklahoma, which is something to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.
The Jayhawks start four seniors, including three-fifth-year seniors, and one freshman. Kansas is 69-16 all-time against Oklahoma in games played in Lawrence, which includes 11 consecutive wins at this particular venue. The team recorded a season-low 59 points in its latest win, which was the lowest scoring output for the squad since the 2012 NCAA title game.
Sports bettors will likely back the Sooners due to their 5-1 ATS mark in their last six games versus winning teams.
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