Basketball Pick: Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma Sooners
- Updated: January 8, 2014
Kansas Jayhawks at Oklahoma Sooners
Date/Time January 8, 9:00 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada
The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the best teams in college basketball, but even they have proven to be vulnerable on the road. The road does not get any easier for the Jayhawks as they head to Oklahoma to take on the Sooners in Big 12 play this week. Playing on the road is never easy, but it gets increasingly difficult when going up against a talented conference opponent.
Kansas was selected by many as preseason favorites to cut the nets down as part of March Madness, but that outlook is getting dimmer with every loss. Four early-season losses, including the home setback Sunday to San Diego State, have many wondering whether Bill Self can get this team headed in the right direction. But Self is one of the best, and he still has a team loaded with talent. Point guard play needs to improve for the Jayhawks to be a threat to advance to and they need their best player, Andrew Wiggins to become a leader and an aggressive point scorer in the big games.
The latest college basketball betting trends not only reveal that the Jayhawks are struggling to win, but they are having a tough time paying at the betting window. The Jayhawks are 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games when going up against a team with a winning home record and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Sooners are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 when playing against the Big 12 conference. The Sooners have been playing well despite injuries as Oklahoma sophomore guard Je’lon Hornbeak is missing time due to a broken bone in his left foot. The Sooners are 12-2, with an excusable loss to Michigan State, and have five players averaging double figures right now. This is a team that should be watched a threat to do well in the Big 12 as well as in the tournament.
For now they will go up against a wounded Kansas team and that is good news for a Sooners team that is 5-2 against the number in the last seven meetings with this team. The Sooners get another big win as they take down Kansas at home in the biggest game of the season.
Free Pick: Oklahoma Sooners