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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners Predictions, Picks, Odds

Tuesday night’s college basketball betting action on ESPN starts off with a Big 12 tilt between the No. 7 Kansas Jayhawks and the Oklahoma Sooners. Tip-off from Lloyd Noble Center in Norman is set for 7 p.m. (ET).

SCORE PREDICTION

Kansas 72, Oklahoma 66

BEST BETS

Kansas -3.5 (-110) at WynnBet

KANSAS JAYHAWKS VS. OKLAHOMA SOONERS PREDICTIONS

Kansas slipped a bit in the national rankings last week as a result of an eight-point loss to Texas Tech on Jan. 8 as a seven-point road favorite. After getting back on track with recent wins against Iowa State and West Virginia at home, the Jayhawks jumped back to No. 6 at 3-1 straight-up in conference play. This is part of an overall record of 14-2. The only other loss this season came against Dayton in late November.

The Sooners have now dropped three of their last four Big 12 games SU with Saturday’s one- point loss to TCU as one-point road favorites. They also lost to Baylor and Texas on the road. The only glaring blemish on the overall SU 12-5 mark is an early-December setback against Butler as 11.5-point favorites.

These two conference foes met three times last season with Oklahoma beating Kansas at home as a slight one-point underdog. Kansas won the other two games SU, including a neutral-site victory in the Big 12 Tournament. I see another tight matchup on Tuesday night with the Jayhawks doing just enough to get the road victory this season both SU and against the spread.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS VS. OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING ODDS

  • Kansas -3.5 (-110)
  • Oklahoma +3.5 (-110)
  • Over 144 (-110)
  • Under 144 (-110)

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KANSAS JAYHAWKS VS. OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING RESOURCES

  • Matchup: Big 12
  • Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
  • Venue: Lloyd Noble Center
  • Location: Norman, Oklahoma
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 7:00 p.m. ET

KANSAS JAYHAWKS BETTING ANALYSIS

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

  • SU: 14-2
  • ATS: 8-8
  • O/U: 10-4-2

As a perennial national power, the bar is always set high for Kansas. For the most part, it has lived up to those lofty expectations through the first two months of the season. Bettors may be less than thrilled with the Jayhawks’ 3-4 record ATS over the last seven games, but they were faced with a few hefty spreads to cover. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in four of the last six outings.

The lone injury concern for Tuesday night is guard Remy Martin, who still listed as questionable after missing his last few starts. In Saturday’s 26-point romp against West Virginia, forward David McCormick led the way with 19 points and 15 rebounds. Kansas clinged to a one-point lead at the half before blowing things wide open over the next 20 minutes.

Guard Ochai Agbaji remains the Jayhawks’ most productive player with 20.6 points per game while shooting 52.8% from the field and 47.7% from three-point range. Guard Christian Braun is another key player on offense with 15.6 PPG and an impressive 53.7 field goal percentage. He is also the team’s best free throw shooter at 81.1%.

Kansas is averaging 81.9 PPG, although it has only exceeded that total once in its last five contests. The Jayhawks are shooting 50.2% from the field and 37% from three point range. They are pulling down 36.3 rebounds a game and holding opposing teams to 66.2 PPG on defense.

OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING ANALYSIS

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

  • SU: 12-5
  • ATS: 8-9
  • O/U: 10-7

The Sooners came up short in overtime against TCU in Saturday’s 59-58 loss. This dropped them to 2-4 ATS in their last six games. Overall, they are 8-9 ATS and 2-3 ATS in conference play. The total has stayed UNDER in their last two games while scoring a combined 110 points. It had gone OVER in 10 of the previous 15 contests.

Oklahoma has three bench players listed as questionable for Tuesday. However, the starting five remains intact. Forward Tanner Groves leads a foursome of players averaging at least 10 points with his 13.1 PPG. He is also one of the top rebounders with six a game.

Guards’ Umoja Gibson (12.5 points) and Elijah Harkless (10.2 points) are the other two key contributors on an offense averaging 72.4 PPG. Forward Jalen Hill is averaging 9.8 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds a game.

The Sooners are shooting 49.9% from the field and 34.5% from outside the three-point line. They are pulling down 33.4 rebounds with 7.5 a game on offense. Oklahoma has been holding opposing teams to 62.1 points a game on defense.

Kansas has failed to go OVER the point total in four of its last six games. (AP)

INSIDE THE STATS - KANSAS JAYHAWKS

  • Record: 14-2
  • VI Ranking: 5
  • PS/G: 81.9 (13th)
  • PA/G: 66.3 (119th)
  • ORtg: 114.9 (15th)
  • DRtg: 93.1 (74th)

INSIDE THE STATS - OKLAHOMA SOONERS

  • Record: 12-5
  • VI Ranking: 26
  • PS/G: 72.4 (169th)
  • PA/G: 62.1 (28th)
  • ORtg: 105.5 (124th)
  • DRtg: 90.5 (38th)

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

  • KU: Ochai Agbaji - G (20.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg)
  • KU: Christian Braun - G (15.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
  • OU: Umoja Gibson - G (12.5 ppg)
  • OU: Tanner Groves - F (13.1 ppg, 6 rpg)

KANSAS JAYHAWKS VS. OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING CONCLUSION

From a betting standpoint, this series has remained tight over the past few years. Oklahoma gets the slight 6-4 edge ATS over the last 10 meetings. The total has stayed UNDER in three of the last five matchups.

This the kind of game you will have to sweat out betting the favorite to cover on the road, but another strong second-half effort should carry the Jayhawks past Oklahoma both SU and ATS.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS VS. OKLAHOMA SOONERS BETTING TRENDS

  • Kansas has failed to go OVER the point total in four of its last six games.
  • Oklahoma has covered the spread in three of its last four games when playing as the underdog.
  • Oklahoma has failed to cover the spread in two straight games.
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