Oklahoma vs Kansas Odds, Picks, Predictions (1/10/23)

Oklahoma visits Kansas in this Big 12 clash. The Sooners are coming off a thrilling win against Texas Tech in overtime in Lubbock, while the Jayhawks are coming off a relatively easy win against West Virginia in Morgantown. This should be an interesting conference matchup overall. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game.

Oklahoma vs. Kansas Odds

Kansas is a 10-point home favorite against Oklahoma and is at -550 on the money line. The over/under is also at 134.5. The Jayhawks being favored by this much makes sense because they’ve been great this year and it helps that they’re at home too. The over/under also makes sense because both teams can score pretty well too. The spread should stay where it’s at before tip-off too because of how good Kansas is at home.

Oklahoma vs. Kansas Prediction & Pick

The Pick: Kansas -10

Kansas won the NCAA Tournament last year and lost a lot of talent. So what happens this year? They look like that didn’t matter and are one of the best teams in all of college basketball right now. They have a star in Jalen Wilson who’s a leading candidate to be named a First Team All-American and he’s leading the Jayhawks in scoring at 20 points a game, while also being the leader in rebounds too. Gradey Dick has blossomed into a star as a freshman and is the second-leading scorer, while also being the best three-point shooter on the team. Kevin McCullar Jr. has also been a great impact transfer from Texas Tech.

He’s the third-leading scorer and provides a lot of defense by leading the team in steals per game. Dajuan Harris Jr. has also been great at point guard and leads the team in assists per game too. As a team, they are just solid across the board, but really excel at sharing the basketball with assists.

On the other side, Oklahoma’s season can be summed up as inconsistent so far. They have a do-it-all point guard in Grant Sherfield who leads the team in scoring, assists, and steals per game. Their next best players are the Groves brothers. Tanner Groves is better than Jacob Groves and leads the team in rebounds and blocks per game. Jalen Hill has also been decent on the wing for the Sooners too.

As a team, Oklahoma struggles to score on offense most of the time, but is very good on defense and is near the top of the NCAA in how many points they are allowing per game. Oklahoma is a decent team at best, but they are facing a juggernaut on the road against Kansas. Expect the Jayhawks to pull away from the Sooners in the second half and cover this spread.

Oklahoma vs. Kansas Key Matchups

Can either one of the Groves brothers matchup with Jalen Wilson? Can Dajuan Harris Jr. matchup with Grant Sherfield?

Jalen Wilson vs the Groves brothers

Jalen Wilson has been phenomenal this year after coming back for one more season. He averages 20 points, 3 assists, and 9 rebounds for the season. He plays off the wing, but also can play at the power forward position as a stretch four. He’s going to be matched up with either one of the Groves brothers most of the game. The better Groves brother is Tanner who averages 11 points, 2 assists, and 7 rebounds for the season. This matchup should be a big one for who wins this game because Jalen Wilson will be the best player on the floor.

Grant Sherfield vs Dajuan Harris Jr.

Grant Sherfield has been great for the Sooners this year at point guard. He averages 17 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds for the season. He’s been great at doing everything for the Sooners this year. His matchup is Dajuan Harris Jr. who’s averaging 9 points, 6 assists, and 2 rebounds for the season. Harris has been a solid point guard all year and gets a tough matchup against Sherfield. This matchup should be huge in deciding the game because of how important the point guard position is.

Jake Faigus, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He wrote for The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for BracketFanatics.

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