Kansas, fresh off a hard fought win over its arch rival, hits the road tonight to face another Big 12 foe in Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks and Cowboys are scheduled to tip things off at 9:00pm ET at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater; the game will be broadcast live on ESPN. NCAAB Point Spreads have Kansas listed as a -9.5 against the spread road favorite and the game total set at 134.5 points.
Kansas all but wrapped up the Big 12 title on Saturday with a thrilling 87-86 overtime win over Missouri at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. The Jayhawks, who hosted the Tigers for, perhaps, the last time, trailed by 12 at the break and by as many as 19 points in the second half but somehow managed to get the game to overtime where it out-scored Mizzou 12-11.
Kansas’ big two, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, carried the load offensively, scoring 28 and 24 points respectively, but the team also got an unexpected boost off the bench from Conner Teahan. Teahan hit 4-for-4 from three point range to finish with 12 points, making him only the third Jayhawk to score in double figures.
Now Bill Self’s troops must find a way to recover from the emotion of Saturday’s win and beat an Oklahoma State team that has played well at home this season. The Cowboys are 11-3 at Gallagher-Iba and they have posted a 7-2 home record against conference opposition, beating teams like Missouri, Texas, and Iowa State in front of the home crowd.
Oklahoma State ran its record to 14-15 on Saturday with a 60-42 win over Texas A&M in Stillwater. The Pokes, playing without star freshman Le’Bryan Nash (injured his left arm in 64-77 February 22nd loss at Oklahoma), got 15 points from Keiton Page and 17 from Brain Williams in the victory. The Oklahoma State defense held the Aggies to 31.9 percent field goal shooting and 4-of-17 from beyond the arc.
Kansas has won three in a row and four of the last five in this series; however, the Cowboys have won the last two in Stillwater. Certainly the Jayhawks are the superior team in this match-up, but given the importance of what took place on Saturday in Lawrence, do not be surprised if OSU finds a way to hang around against a KU team still basking in the emotions of its win against the Tigers.
Kansas vs Oklahoma State 2012 NCAAB Point Spreads: Provided by Bovada.lv
Kansas Jayhawks -9.5 (-110), Over 134.5 (-110)
Oklahoma State Cowboys +9.5 (-110), Under 134.5 (-110)