Oklahoma State vs. Kansas NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, January 17, 2014 3:11 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma State Cowboys are both riding three-game winning streaks, as they prepare to face off at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday. Before locking in your NCAA Basketball picks, find out which way we are leaning with ours.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this high-profile affair, with the opening tip scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

Alternating pattern 

Oklahoma State has alternated point spread wins and losses over its last six contests, as it comes off a 82-50 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as 19.5-point home favorites Wednesday.

The Cowboys have outscored opponents by an average of 20.2 points per game—leading all Big 12 Conference members in that statistical category. 

It’s important to point out that the squad is 0-6 ATS in its last six games outside of Stillwater. 

Playing great basketball

Kansas head coach Bill Self has his youthful roster playing its best basketball of the 2013-14 campaign, as it has tallied three consecutive wins against high-quality opponents, including a 77-70 triumph over the Iowa State Cyclones as 2.5-point road underdogs Monday. 

The Jayhawks have out-rebounded 14 of 16 opponents this season, which has resulted in a +7.6 margin on the glass. 

Smart

College basketball handicapper will have an interest in backing the road underdog in this affair, as sophomore guard Marcus Smart is averaging a Big 12-best 17.9 points a game. 

Smart scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in last year’s 85-80 victory over the Jayhawks as 10.5-point road underdogs.

The road team has covered the number in the last five meetings in this series. 

Taking on ranked opponents 

The Jayhawks have compiled a remarkable 41-18 SU record against top-25 foes since the start of the 2007-08 campaign, which fits nicely with their 18-7 mark in this particular series since the formation of the Big 12. 

Kansas has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with true freshman Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 15.8 points a contest.  He is coming off a 17-point, 19-rebound effort at Iowa State. 

Outlook

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their college basketball picks, as the Jayhawks have struggled on the defensive end when facings teams that possess a quality point guardy.

Kansas has also gone above the betting total in four of its last five games at this venue.

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Over