Big 12 foes will clash when the Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-9, 0-6 Big 12) meet the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (16-3, 5-1 Big 12) at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys Free Preview
The Jayhawks beat the Tennessee Volunteers in their last outing, 74-68. With 18 points and 11 rebounds, Udoka Azubuike played well for Kansas. The Jayhawks had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 8.1 (better than their season average of 16.9) and had a free throw rate of 0.370 (above their season average of 0.225).
In the Cowboys’ previous game, they defeated the Texas A&M Aggies, 73-62. Oklahoma State rallied around Yor Anei, who put up 11 points and nine rebounds. The Cowboys made 11 of their 15 free throws (73.3 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.633 (above their season average of 0.463).
The inefficient offense of Oklahoma State will face off against the elite defense of Kansas. The Cowboys rank 270th in offensive efficiency, while the Jayhawks are 15th in defensive efficiency. The Jayhawks figure to have the advantage on that side of the ball.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Jayhawks won both matchups last season. In the most recent matchup, Kansas won 72-67. Kansas did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (20-23; 87.0 percent). Oklahoma State, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (16.6 vs. 18.5).
Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma State Cowboys Free Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Over
Oklahoma State ranks 163rd in three pointers attempted per game (21.4) while Kansas ranks 259th in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
The Cowboys have been outscored by an average of 5.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Oklahoma State has defeated opponents by an average of 2.4 points.
During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 68.4 points per game (8.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 60.8 points per game (0.1 below their season average).