The Big 12 Conference Tourney contest between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-14, 8-11 Big 12) and the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-3, 17-1 Big 12) will take place at Sprint Center. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPN2.
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The last time the Cowboys played, they edged the Iowa State Cyclones, 72-71. Isaac Likekele was Oklahoma State’s leading scorer with 21 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Oklahoma State played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.321 (above their season average of 0.256) and a turnover percentage of 17.2 (worse than their season average of 17.1). For those same stats, Iowa State was 0.131 and 18.8, respectively.
The Jayhawks hope to keep it rolling after topping the No. 22 Texas Tech Red Raiders in their last game, 66-62. Kansas’ Udoka Azubuike played a pivotal role with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Kansas dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 32.7) and a free throw rate of 0.197 (matching their season average). For those same stats, Texas Tech was 22.0 and 0.129, respectively.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the country’s slowest-paced teams face off. Kansas currently ranks 256th in possessions per game (67.5) and Oklahoma State is 259th (67.4).
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Kansas Jayhawks Free Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Under
Kansas ranks 85th in assists per game (13.9) while Oklahoma State ranks 164th in assists allowed per game (12.8).
The Jayhawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.0, down from 13.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cowboys have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (3.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (1.3 above their season average).