Oklahoma vs. Kansas: NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, February 24, 2014 2:30 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks have truly dominated opponents when featured on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast, as they prepare to take on the Oklahoma Sooners at Allen Fieldhouse. We look at the numbers on offer and aim to hunt down the best NCAA Basketball betting value on offer.

Let’s take a closer look at this Big 12 Conference matchup from a betting perspective, with the opening tipoff scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

Updated NCAA Tournament Odds & Predictions

Playing solid basketball 

Oklahoma is 3-1 SUATS over its last four games, as it looks to build off a 86-73 win over the Kansas State Wildcats as 5.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in three contests. 

The Oklahoma Sooners are the only team in the Big 12 with five players averaging double figures, while owning the distinction of being the only program in major college basketball to send out the same starting lineup in every game during the 2013-14 campaign. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 1-2 SU and 3-0 ATS as road underdogs of 9.5 to 12 points, with the UNDER cashing in each of those opportunities. 

Juggernaut 

Kansas is focused on trying to earn a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament, as it has beaten every team in the conference at least once heading into this high-profile affair. 

The Jayhawks have four probable starters averaging double figures, with true freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 16.4 points a contest. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the squad is 9-2 SU and 6-4-1 ATS as home favorites of 9.5 to 12 points the last two-plus seasons. 

Dangerous from beyond the arc 

The Sooners pace the league in knocking down 8.9 3-pointers per game, which has played a big part in putting together a 8-4 SU record away from home or on a neutral floor. 

Oklahoma ranks 12th nationally in averaging 82.8 points per game, which is up from its 70.6-point average from a season ago. 

Dominant situation 

The Jayhawks are worthy double-digit home favorites on the SBR Odds page, considering they shot 54.7 percent in tallying a 90-83 win over the Sooners in the first meeting this season.

Kansas has also compiled a 28-1 SU record on ESPN’s Big Monday when playing at this venue, including a perfect 17-0 mark under head coach Bill Self.

Read our NCAA Basketball Picks of the Day article for more free plays.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in this rivalry. 

Free NCAA Basketball Pick:  Kansas Jayhawks -10.5