Kansas State +8.5 vs. Oklahoma State for NCAAB Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, March 3, 2014 12:58 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference showdown at Gallagher Iba Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Find out why we are focusing on the spread tonight when Oklahoma State and Kansas State meet.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys are coming off their biggest win of the season, which could lead to a disappointing result against the Kansas State Wildcats Monday night.

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Solid play

Kansas State has put together a two-game win streak, including a 80-73 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones as two-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 141.5. 

The Wildcats bench provided a 38-2 scoring edge over their counterparts in that affair—a very important statistic to handicap in tonight’s matchup. 

It’s important to point out that the program is 13-7 SU and 14-5-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season. 

On the bubble 

Oklahoma State is trying to play its way into the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as it has won and covered the number in its last three games, including a 72-65 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks as one-point home favorites last Saturday. 

The Cowboys have four players averaging 13 or more points per game, with sophomore guard Marcus Smart leading the way at 17.6 points a contest. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 7-9 SU and 6-10 ATS versus Big 12 opponents this season. 

Getting it done defensively

The Wildcats are dangerous road underdogs when looking over the SBR Odds page, considering they’ve tallied wins over seven top-35 RPI teams during the 2013-14 campaign, while also pacing the league in scoring defense. 

Kansas State has also held 20 of 29 opponents to under 30 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

Close encounters

The Cowboys are 14-2 SU in games decided by a double-digit margin, but they’ve gone 4-8 in games decided by two or fewer possessions.

Oklahoma State has covered the number in five of its last six home games in this series, with the OVER going 4-1 in the last five overall meetings.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats as one of their college basketball picks, as the Cowboys are 0-4 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons. 

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Kansas State Wildcats +8.5