College Basketball Betting – Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas Jayhawks

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Phil Simon
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Losers of five straight road games, the Kansas Jayhawks are happy to be back at the Phog for Monday’s showdown with the Oklahoma State Cowboys. A Big 12 regular season championship and national ranking are likely out the door after the most recent setback, 91-79, at West Virginia over the weekend. With just two wins in their previous seven games, the Jayhawks look to stay above .500 in league play while fighting for a higher seed in the NCAA Tournament. They also look to avenge an earlier loss to the Cowboys.  Bookmaker.eu offers a generous welcome bonus (max bonus $1600).

Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kansas Jayhawks
Date and Time: Monday, February 8, 2021, 9 p.m. ET
Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Opening College Basketball Odds: Kansas -4, O/U 140.5
Oklahoma State at Kansas TV Coverage: ESPN

Odds Analysis

It’s easy to pick up a resume-building win in the Big 12 with so many good teams. Oklahoma State got one over the weekend knocking off No. 6 Texas 75-67 in double overtime. The Cowboys improved to 12-5 SU with their third win in four games going 3-1 ATS in that stretch. OSU beat Kansas 75-70 last month as a 3.5-point home dog and the ‘Boys are catching 4-points on the opening line for Monday’s tilt, the shortest spread in a game at Allen Fieldhouse since at least 1996. Overall this season the Cowboys are 6-2 SU and 5-2-1 ATS on the road. Losing five of their last seven games will probably drop Kansas out of the national rankings for the first time in over decade when the new poll is released. The slide started in Stillwater last month with the common theme being setbacks on the road; all five losses occurred away from Lawrence. The Jayhawks are 8-1 SU and 3-5 ATS at Allen Fieldhouse this season. Since the 2000 campaign KU is 13-2 SU and 9-6 ATS at home against the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

Twice this season the Cowboys have beaten the No. 6 ranked team in the country. The first time was on Jan. 12 when they knocked off Kansas 75-70 behind all-everything freshman Cade Cunningham. Playing nearly the entire game, Cunningham netted 18 points with seven rebounds and a pair of blocks. OSU stunned Texas 75-67 on Saturday with Cunningham persevering through a tough afternoon to score 19 points, including five in the second overtime.

The win over the Longhorns evened up OSU’s record against nationally ranked teams at 3-3, all of them coming in Big 12 play. The Cowboys are 4-2 ATS in those games. They played below the closing total against Texas, but OSU has been a solid over play this season. The OVER was 9-1 in 10 games prior to the Texas showdown. Dating back to the 2011 season the teams played over the closing total in three straight games and in eight of the last 10 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Getting back to Cunningham, he’s one of the top freshmen in the country and a likely lottery pick in the next NBA draft. Sure the numbers are impressive with averages of 18.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists, but it’s what he did against Texas that stood out. Cunningham was 5 of 22 from the field, but he made a key three-pointer to tie the game at the end of regulation and scored five of his 19 points in the second overtime. “He’s a 19-year-old and still figuring it out,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said.

Kansas Jayhawks

It looked like a typical Kansas season after rattling off eight consecutive victories following a loss to No. 1 Gonzaga in the season opener. But once the calendar flipped so did the Jayhawks’ fortunes. Since the start of the year KU is 4-6 SU and 3-7 ATS, leaving them in the middle of the Big 12 standings. The latest loss took place on Saturday against West Virginia when the Jayhawks never led.

Kansas is looking for some home cooking to turn things around. Five of those six losses took place on the road where the Jayhawks are just 2-5. They have won three in a row at the Phog since getting blown out by Texas 84-59 at the beginning of the year. The Jayhawks beat Oklahoma 63-59 and topped TCU by eight points, though they failed to cover the spread in those games. The inconsistent play since the start of January is concerning for Bill Self and his staff.

Following a 19-point loss to Tennessee, the Jayhawks dominated Kansas State in a 74-51 win with David McCormack and Christian Braun each going for 18. They turned the ball over just six times in that contest. They were flustered at WVU going over three minutes without a bucket late in the second half while committing 18 turnovers.

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Just how far the gap has closed is evident by the opening spread. The Jayhawks are laying 4-points, which is short enough for me to lean their direction in this betting matchup. Kansas just plays better at home and they have that memory of an earlier loss at OSU when they were favored by 3.5-points.

College Basketball Score Prediction: Kansas 72, Oklahoma State 65

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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