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Monday, January 27, 2020 at 9:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys will host the Kansas Jayhawks in a BIG 12 battle Monday night from the Gallagher-Iba Arena. The Jayhawks recorded a 74-68 home win over Tennessee on Saturday, and the Cowboys tallied a 73-62 road win against Texas A&M in their previous action. Kansas beat Oklahoma State in both meetings last season.

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#3 Kansas Defeats Tennessee, Targets Fifth Straight Win

The Kansas Jayhawks have rebounded from their loss to Baylor with four straight wins. They continued their winning ways with a 74-68 home win against Tennessee on Saturday in a clash that had the Jayhawks labeled as 13 point favorites. Kansas’ defense has been their top strength recently and they are 5-1 in conference play.

Devon Dotson continues to excel. The sophomore guard has netted at least 21 points in two out of his last three games which included 22 points in Saturday’s win. Dotson is now averaging 18.4 PPG on 46% shooting. Udoka Azubuike is one of the top players in the BIG 12. The seven-foot center collected another 18 points and 11 boards last time out, and he features an average of 13.2 points on a sizzling 78% mark from the field to go with 9.6 rebounds per game. Ochai Agbaji broke out of his slump with 16 points on Saturday. The sophomore guard has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last five games and he stands third in team scoring with 10.6 points.

The Jayhawks could climb from their #3 spot in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings, and Ken Pomeroy has them at #1 in his ratings. Kansas is 5-1 on the road and they are averaging 76.5 points, placing them 65th in DI. They are a stellar defensive team and are allowing an average of 60.9 points, good for 19th in all DI

Oklahoma State Finally Snaps Six-Game Losing Streak

The Oklahoma State Cowboys can enter this challenging matchup with confidence. They finally found the win column with a convincing 73-62 road win against Texas A&M of the SEC on Saturday to put an end to their awful six-game losing streak. They are still hunting for their first Big 12 win of the season.

Lindy Waters III has connected on at least 45% of his field goal in three straight games after struggling with his shot for most of the season. The senior guard scored 11 points in Saturday’s victory, and he owns an average of 12 PPG on 40.5% shooting. Isaac Likekele has registered 12 or more points in three straight games. The sophomore guard is currently averaging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. Cameron McGriff is the Cowboys’ top rebounder. The senior forward only has one double-double and he is posting 9.9 PPG and 6.4 RPG on the season.

The Cowboys are positioned 78th in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings, and own a 5-5 record at home. Oklahoma State is starting to increase its offensive production, and they are averaging 67.5 points, ranking them 280th overall. They are holding opponents to 65.1 points, good for 74th in the country.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I am siding with Oklahoma State in this game. Oklahoma State won’t win but they will keep it close. They are playing better basketball recently and are coming off a road win against Texas A&M. The Cowboys played #1 Baylor just over a week ago and were leading for a good portion of the game and ended up losing by only seven points.

Furthermore, Oklahoma State is all about defense and the Jayhawks haven’t been quite as productive recently, averaging only 68.4 points in their last five games. The Cowboys are limiting opponents to 39.4% shooting from the field and they should contain the Jayhawks scoring which should lead to a close game.

Prediction: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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I am opting for the over in this one. The over has been a common trend for the Cowboys as of late due to their increased offensive productivity. They have averaged 74.3 points in their last three games overall, and the over is 4-0 in their last four games overall.

In addition, while I expect Oklahoma State to contain the Jayhawks, they have a ton of scoring depth with multiple players capable of big points, plus their 49.7% team field goal percentage is too good to ignore. The over is 4-1 in the Cowboys’ last five games following a straight-up win and that trend should resume in this one.

Prediction: Over

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The under on the Kansas team total offered on PointsBet is a strong prop. Oklahoma State defends the three exceptionally well. Opponents are only shooting 30.2% from deep against them, good for 61st in all of DI. It won’t be easy for the Jayhawks to have their usual success from beyond the arc. Also, Kansas only scored 66 points against Texas, and 55 points against Baylor. Oklahoma State is another strong defensive team that should contain them.

Prediction: Kansas Team Total Under

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I am sticking with Oklahoma State on the halftime line. The Cowboys are back on their home court and they should feed off their home crowd. Oklahoma State has heated up in the first half where they have averaged 35 points in the first half in their last three games. Also, the Cowboys are limiting opponents to only 29.3 points in the first half this season.

Prediction: Oklahoma State
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.