NCAA Basketball Kansas vs. Oklahoma State

Jeff Grant

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:47 PM GMT

The Oklahoma State Cowboys possess the Big 12 Conference’s longest winning streak at seven games, as they prepare to host the Kansas Jayhawks at Gallagher-Iba Arena.


Let’s take a closer look at the NCAAB betting odds for this rivalry game with an opening tip of 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Seemingly back on track

Kansas has won and covered the spread in its last two games, including a 73-47 blowout victory over the Texas Longhorns as 14-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the total for the first time in three contests.

The Jayhawks are 17-5 straight up and 13-8-1 against the spread (ATS) in the month of February the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 14-7 in that situation.

Doing it with balance

Oklahoma State is the only team in the Big 12 that has three different players ranked among the league’s top 10 in scoring, with junior guard Markel Brown leading the way, averaging 15.8 points per game while shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc.

Brown scored a game-high 28 points in the Cowboys’ 85-80 victory over the Jayhawks as 10.5-point road underdogs Feb. 2, as he knocked down 9 of 17 shots from the floor, including 7 of 10 from the 3-point area.

Revenge

College basketball handicappers will definitely have some interest in backing the Jayhawks if they tip off as road underdogs on the SBR Odds page, considering they’ve gone 2-0 SUATS when revenging a home loss versus an opponent over the last two-plus seasons.

Since the start of Big 12 play in 1996-97, Kansas is 17-7 versus Oklahoma State, including a 4-4 mark in Stillwater meetings.

Getting after it defensively

The Jayhawks lead the country in allowing opponents to shoot just 35.6 percent from the field, which was helped out by limiting the Longhorns to 21.8 percent shooting last time out—the lowest such mark for the program since the 1975-76 season. Such defensive intensity has allowed Kansas to outshoot all but four opponents during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season.

Tough at home

There’s no doubt that the Cowboys enjoy one of the better home-court advantages in the country, as they’ve gone 325-46 at this facility since the beginning of the 1988-89 campaign.

Oklahoma State has defeated at least one ranked opponent at home in each of the past 14 seasons, while going 40-22 versus such foes in their last 62 opportunities. The squad is 4-3-1 ATS as home favorites of three points or less over the last two-plus seasons.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Cowboys as one of their college basketball picks Wednesday night, as they’ve gone 42-20-3 ATS in their last 65 home games, while the Jayhawks are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games versus a team with a winning home record.

College Basketball Picks: Oklahoma State Cowboys +1 at Bookmaker

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