NCAA Basketball Predictions: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Oklahoma Sooners

No. 18 Kansas State Wildcats at Oklahoma Sooners
Saturday, 2/2/13, 6:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Oklahoma -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Oklahoma -3
Opening Total:  130
Current Total:  131
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The Kansas State Wildcats are 3-1 SU in true road games this year
The Kansas State Wildcats are 3-1 SU in true road games this year

Kansas State snapped a two-game losing streak in picking up a convincing 83-57 victory over the Texas Longhorns as 9.5-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the total for the sixth time in seven opportunities.  “We have a tough game Saturday,” commented Wildcats coach Bruce Weber about this affair.  The Wildcats are 6-20 in their last 26 road games in this series, which can’t be ignored when making your college basketball expert picks Saturday.  Kansas State is 7-16-1 ATS in its last 24 games versus winning teams.

The Wildcats are 3-1 in true road games this year, while they’ve tallied a solid 26-25 mark away from home in Big12 Conference play the past seven seasons.  Kansas State is led offensively by senior guard Rodney McGruder, who is averaging 14.9 points in playing 31.4 minutes per game, as he prepares to make his 88th start in a row for the program.  Defensively, the squad ranks 20th in the country in surrendering 58.2 points per game, which has been helped by limiting foes to 29.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Oklahoma has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, as it comes off a 74-71 victory over the Baylor Bears as 6.5-point road underdogs, while going OVER the total for the fourth time in five opportunities.  “Any time you can win on the road you feel really good about it,” commented Sooners coach Lon Kruger.  The Sooners own a 104-92 all-time record in this series, including wins in 11 of the last 16 meetings.  Oklahoma is 7-1 ATS in its last eight home games, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.

The Sooners have played just eight games in Norman this year, which is fewest among the 75 teams in the six power conferences nationally.  Oklahoma shot 52.7 percent from the field versus Baylor, which was its second-best performance of the season.  The team returned its top six scorers and 88 percent of its point production from a year ago.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the UNDER is 7-3-1 in the Sooners last 11 home games versus a team with a winning road record.

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