Oklahoma visits Kansas State in a Big 12 clash. Oklahoma’s coming off a surprise road win against Iowa State, while Kansas State has won three straight games, with the latest being against Oklahoma State on the road. This is an interesting matchup because of how well Kansas State is playing. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!
Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Odds
Kansas State is a 7.5-point home favorite against Oklahoma and is at -330 on the money line. The over/under is also at 141. Kansas State being favored by this much makes sense because of how well they’re playing and because they’re at home too. The over/under also makes sense because each team is very good on offense. This spread should stay where it’s at before tip-off too.
Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Prediction & Pick
The pick: Kansas State -7.5
Kansas State has been one of the biggest surprise teams in all of college basketball this year. They also might have the Coach of the Year in Jerome Tang.
Keyontae Johnson has been one of the best storylines in all of college basketball with how well he’s playing after collapsing on the court just a few years ago. He leads the team in scoring and rebounding for the season too. Markquis Nowell has been a great point guard for the Wildcats this year and leads the team in assists and steals per game for the season. Nae’Qwan Tomlin and Desi Sills have also been very good for the Wildcats this year when needed and Tomlin even leads the team in blocks per game for the season.
As a team, Kansas State excels more on offense than on defense. They’ve been able to score very easily and are also top-25 in assists per game for the season. They need to be more consistent on defense to take an extra step too.
On the other side, Oklahoma’s had some very high highs, but also some very low lows this season. They’ve been inconsistent and it’s the reason why they won’t end up in the NCAA Tournament.
Grant Sherfield has been great for Oklahoma this year and does it all for the Sooners at the guard spot. He leads the team in scoring and in assists per game for the season. Jalen Hill has been very good for the Sooners on the wing too and is second in scoring on the team. Tanner Groves has been a very good big man for the Sooners too and has provided some good versatility down there. He also leads the team in rebounds and blocks per game for the season. Milos Uzan is another guard that has provided some good help when needed.
As a team, Oklahoma excels more on defense than on offense. They have three consistent scorers, but need to find more consistency on offense as a whole to have a chance in this game.
Oklahoma has been decent enough at times this season to keep games close and also to jump up and beat a few good teams here and there. Kansas State has been a very good team this year and they should win this game at home. Oklahoma can keep this game close for a bit, but the Wildcats should pull away at home.
Oklahoma vs. Kansas State Key Matchups
Can Jalen Hill matchup with Keyontae Johnson? Can Desi Sills matchup with Grant Sherfield?
Keyontae Johnson vs Jalen Hill
Keyontae Johnson has been Kansas State’s leader this season. He averages 18 points, 2 assists, and 7 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Jalen Hill, who averages 10 points, 1 assist, and 6 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup because of how good Keyontae Johnson has been this season. Jalen Hill has been a good defender, but this is a big matchup because of how much offense Johnson accounts for with Kansas State.
Grant Sherfield vs Desi Sills
Grant Sherfield has been great for Oklahoma this season. He averages 16 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds per game for the season. He’ll be matched up against Desi Sills, who averages 8 points, 2 assists, and 3 rebounds per game for the season. This is a big matchup because of how much Grant Sherfield does for the Sooners this year. This is a very big matchup because Sills is a good defender, but is going up against Sherfield who’s the engine behind the Sooners’ offense.