The #2 Kansas Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) host the Oklahoma Sooners (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) in a Big 12 Conference showdown between a pair of rivals. Kansas owns the all-time series with Oklahoma 154-69, including a 52-7 record at home. Last season the Jayhawks won both matchups between the two conference foes.
Tuesday’s tipoff is at 9 p.m. EST inside Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks are a 9.5-point favorite and the over/under total is 133.5 points.
What to Know – Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners snapped a two-game losing skid with a 68-63 overtime victory over Texas Tech on Saturday. Oklahoma has yet to knock off a ranked team this year, with an 0-3 record against teams in the top 25.
On offense, the Sooners average 68.3 points per game while shooting 49.2% from the field and 38.2% from beyond the arc. Oklahoma’s defense holds opponents to 61.6 points per game, 42.1% shooting from the floor, and 26.9% shooting from the 3-point line.
Grant Sherfield paces the Sooners offense, leading the team in scoring, pouring in 16.9 points per game. Sherfield hits 44% of his shots from the floor, along with 46.4% of his attempts from three. Tanner Groves adds 10.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game for OU.
Oklahoma is 8-6 against the spread this season with a 1-1 record ATS in true road contests. The Sooners are 4-1 ATS in their previous five contests against the Jayhawks.
What to Know – #2 Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks carry an eight-game winning streak into Tuesday’s conference contest, one of the longest current streaks in the nation. Kansas sits atop the Big 12 standings along with Kansas State and Iowa State, who are also both 3-0.
Kansas scores 77.7 points per game and hits 47.8% of its shots from the floor and 38.2% from deep. Defensively, the Jayhawks surrender 64.9 points per game, 39.6% shooting from the field, and 31.5% from three.
Jalen Wilson leads the team in scoring, averaging 20.2 points per game, and rebounding, grabbing 8.8 per contest. Gradey dick is second on the roster scoring 14.7 ppg, and Kevin McCullar Jr. chips in 11.2 ppg.
The Jayhawks are 7-8 ATS this year and 3-5 ATS inside Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas is 6-1 ATS in the last seven games against conference opponents.
The Pick is In
Kansas hasn’t suffered the national championship hangover some teams have gone through the season after winning it all. Early in the season, the Jayhawks look like the team to beat in college basketball.
Allen Fieldhouse provides a tough place to play for visiting teams, and Oklahoma will get all they can handle from the Kansas faithful. The Sooners are well-coached, but the talent discrepancy is too wide for Oklahoma to challenge Kansas in Lawrence. Kansas pulls away for a comfortable double-digit victory and runs its winning streak to nine games.
The Pick: #2 Kansas Jayhawks -9.5