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Kansas vs. Oklahoma Predictions, Odds

  • January 23, 2021
  • By David Schwab

The No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma Sooners get things started this Saturday in the Big 12 with a 12 p.m. (ET) tip at Lloyd Noble Center. ESPN will carry the game nationally.



Kansas-Oklahoma Betting Odds

Line Movements

  • Spread: Oklahoma -1
  • Money-Line: Oklahoma -120 Kansas -100
  • Total: 142

Odds Subject to Change

Oklahoma opens as a slight one-point home favorite for Saturday’s contest. The betting line for the total has been listed at 142 points.

The Jayhawks bring a rare two-game losing streak into their third road game in a row. This is following straight-up setbacks against Oklahoma State and Baylor. They are 2-3 both SU and against the spread over the last five games.

The total has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six games. Kansas has won five of its last six games against the Sooners SU but it falls to 3-6 ATS in the last nine meetings. The Jayhawks are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 road games.

Oklahoma is off to a SU 4-3 start in Big 12 play with a 5-1-1 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of those seven games.

The Sooners are 7-1 SU in their last eight home games with the total staying UNDER in four of their last five games overall. It has also stayed UNDER in four of their last five home games against Kansas.

Betting Analysis – Kansas Jayhawks

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 10-4
  • ATS: 6-7
  • SU - Home: 6-1
  • SU - Away: 4-3
  • O/U: 7-6

Kansas continues to struggle with consistency in early conference play. An earlier 25-point loss to Texas was its worst loss ever at home. In Monday’s eight-point loss to Baylor as +8.5-point road underdogs, the Jayhawks dug themselves into a 13-point first half deficit.

Guard Christian Braun went 5-for-6 from three-point range to score a team-high 17 points in Monday’s loss. Guard Ochai Agbaji added another 16 points in the losing effort. Agbaji leads the team in scoring this season with 14.8 points per game.

Forward Jalen Wilson is next on the list with 13.1 PPG. The Jayhawks, as a team, are averaging 75.9 points with 39.8 rebounds a game. They're shooting 44.5% from the field and 37.0% from three-point range.

Defensively, Kansas is giving up an average of 68.1 PPG.

Betting Analysis – Oklahoma Sooners

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 8-4
  • ATS: 7-5
  • SU - Home: 7-1
  • SU - Away: 1-3
  • O/U: 4-8

Guard De’Vion Harmon scored 16 points in Tuesday’s 26-point romp over Kansas State. He left that game with an apparent injury but he is listed as probable for Saturday’s contest.

With an average of 15.2 PPG, guard Austin Reaves is Oklahoma’s top scorer this season. Rounding out a trio of players scoring in double figures along with Harmon’s 12.0 PPG is forward Brady Manek with an average of 12.5 points.

The Sooners are scoring a total of 77.7 points a game. They are connecting on 44.9% of their shots from the field and 34.4% from three-point range.

The team’s total rebounds per game add up to 37.2 with 36 on defense. Oklahoma is allowing 66.8 PPG.

Inside the Stats – Kansas Jayhawks

  • PS/G: 75.9 (100th)
  • PA/G: 68.1 (127th)
  • Off Rtg: 107.9 (80th)
  • Def Rtg: 97 (148th)

Inside the Stats – Oklahoma Sooners

  • PS/G: 77.7 (78th)
  • PA/G: 66.8 (93rd)
  • Off Rtg: 111 (47th)
  • Def Rtg: 95.5 (112th)

Key Players to Watch

  • KU - Ochai Agbaji (14.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG)
  • KU - Jalen Wilson (13.1 PPG, 7.6 RPG)
  • OU - Austin Reaves (15.2 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 5.3 APG)
  • OU - De'Vion Harmon (12 PPG)

Kansas-Oklahoma Predictions

It's hard to call any game a ‘must win’ in late January but the Jayhawks need to quickly get back on track this Saturday afternoon. What they really need to do is play the full 40 minutes to end this three-game road trip on a positive note.

I'm banking that Kansas can get it done with a SU money line wager.

The most intriguing bet would be on the total line. Recent trends for Kansas favor a higher scoring affair while Oklahoma has relied a bit more heavily on defense with strong trends for the UNDER. Looking at the recent series trends, my lean is towards the UNDER this time around.

  • Score Prediction: Kansas 71 Oklahoma 68
  • Best Bets: Kansas +1
  • Best Bets: UNDER

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