Kansas (16-3) at Oklahoma State (10-9)
When: Monday, January 27th, 2020
Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena,
Time: 9:00 ET | TV: ESPN
Opening Odds: Kansas -9/133.5
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys came into this season with expectations of at least ending their three-year NCAA Tournament drought, but things have not gone well in Stillwater. Despite some strong wins against Syracuse and Houston, the Pokes are still searching for their first conference victory when they host the Kansas Jayhawks on Monday night. Oklahoma State sits at the bottom of the Big 12 with an 0-6 mark, but are coming off a nice 73-62 road win over Texas A&M in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday. Three reserves scored in double-figures for the Cowboys, who can at times, play terrific defense. They will face a Kansas team coming off an emotional week in which two players were suspended after an end-of-game brawl with rival Kansas State on Tuesday. The team picked themselves up and managed to hold-off the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday 74-68 without sophomore forwards Silvio De Sousa (12 games) and David McCormack (two games). Senior center Udoka Azubuike picked up the slack with 18 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore guard Devon Dotson led the way with 22 points. The Jayhawks have won each of the last three meetings including a 72-67 triumph at Gallagher-Iba Arena last March.
Kansas currently sits just a half-game behind top-ranked Baylor in the Big 12 standings with their only conference loss coming to the Bears a few weeks ago. The Jayhawks had just seven scholarship players on Saturday including leading scorer Dotson (18.4), who is averaging 20.3 over the past three games despite dealing with a hip injury. Azubuike (13.2 points, team highs of 9.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks) is almost averaging a double-double, while sophomore guard Ochai Agbaji had 16 points versus Tennessee and averaged 17 in two wins over the Cowboys last season. Kansas will host a tough Texas Tech team on Saturday.
Oklahoma State was supposed to be one of the better three-point shooting teams in the nation, but they can’t seem to hit from anywhere on the floor, ranking 294th in field goal percentage (41.3) and 293rd in shooting the three (31.0). Senior guard Jonathan Laurent is stepping up, averaging eight points above his season mark (4.1) in the last two games. Sophomore guard Isaac Likekele led five players in double-figures Saturday with 13 points against Texas A&M and is second on the team in scoring (11.6) behind senior guard Lindy Waters III (12.0). Waters chipped in 11 points Saturday, while senior forward Cameron McGriff became the 43rd player in program history to reach 1,000 points. The Cowboys play at rival Oklahoma on Saturday.
Oklahoma State is starting to play better despite not having many wins to show for it. Kansas is still shorthanded and the Cowboys will take advantage of that. Take the points.
Pick: Oklahoma State +8.5
Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite.
Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Jayhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Jayhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a favorite.
Jayhawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games.
Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
Cowboys are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Monday games.
Cowboys are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Cowboys are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Cowboys are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog.
Cowboys are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Cowboys are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 5-0 in Jayhawks last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Under is 7-2 in Jayhawks last 9 overall.
Under is 7-2 in Jayhawks last 9 games as a favorite.
Over is 6-2 in Jayhawks last 8 Monday games.
Under is 5-2 in Jayhawks last 7 games following a straight up win.
Under is 38-16-1 in Jayhawks last 55 road games.
Under is 34-16-1 in Jayhawks last 51 games as a road favorite.
Over is 4-0 in Cowboys last 4 overall.
Under is 7-1 in Cowboys last 8 Monday games.
Under is 7-1 in Cowboys last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
Under is 5-1 in Cowboys last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 4-1 in Cowboys last 5 games following a straight up win.
Over is 4-1-1 in Cowboys last 6 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Over is 12-4 in Cowboys last 16 games following a ATS win.
Over is 5-2 in Cowboys last 7 home games.
Under is 35-15-1 in Cowboys last 51 games as a home underdog.
Home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.