Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma (+6.5)
The Kansas Jayhawks (9-2) host the Oklahoma Sooners (6-3) at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. Kansas opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The total is set at 145.
Oklahoma enters this contest with a record of 6-3 on the campaign. The Sooners are connecting on 33.5% on 3-point shots (73 of 218) and 79.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 79.4 points per contest (68th in Division 1) while hitting 45.3% from the field. They turn it over 11.3 times per game and as a group are committing 13.6 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Oklahoma is snagging 37.7 rebounds per game and has totaled 138 dimes so far this season, which has them ranked 116th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Sooners are able to force 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 16.6 fouls. They are currently ranked 156th in Division 1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 106 relinquished on the campaign. The Sooners defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 41.9% (233 of 556) and they relinquish 35.1 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 39.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 209th in the nation in points per game allowed (71.4).
The Oklahoma Sooners took the court against the Baylor Bears and took a loss by a final of 76-61 in their last game. Oklahoma ended the contest with a 36.1% FG percentage (22 out of 61) and buried 4 of their 24 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Sooners made 13 of 14 shots for a percentage of 92.9%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 25 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 14 assists for the contest in addition to earning 8 steals and 4 blocks. In regard to defending, Oklahoma let their opponent shoot 36.1% from the floor on 22 out of 61 shooting. Baylor distributed 13 assists and had 5 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Bears collected 35 boards (8 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Baylor went 83.3% at the free throw line by knocking down 10 of 12 shots. They knocked down 10 of their 24 tries from beyond the arc.
Austin Reaves is someone who was a major factor for this contest. He totaled 19 points on 6 out of 14 shooting. He saw the court for 34 minutes and grabbed 7 rebounds. Reaves finished the contest at 42.9% from the field and recorded 5 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this game for the Sooners was Brady Manek. He pulled down 3 boards and collected 2 assists. He went 45.5% from the field for this contest by shooting 5-of-11 (12 points). When the final whistle was blown, Manek was on the court for 29 minutes.
Kansas has a mark of 9-2 on the campaign. The Jayhawks are responsible for committing 15.6 fouls every game and they hit 72.4% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 14.0 times per game (148th in D-1) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per contest. Kansas has totaled 860 points on the campaign (78.2 per game) and they snag 42.2 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Jayhawks are connecting on 43.9% from the field, which ranks them 201st in college basketball. The Jayhawks defensively are ranked 118th in the country in points given up per game with 67.5. They are able to force 13.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 40.7% from the floor (86th in Division 1). The Kansas defense allows 32.6% on shots from 3-point land (84 of 258) and opponents are converting on 67.3% of their foul shots. They allow 10.6 dimes and 33.5 rebounds every game, which is ranked 45th and 106th in those defensive categories.
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks walked away with a victory by a final of 93-64 when they played the TCU Horned Frogs. The Jayhawks collected 26 defensive rebounds and 14 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for the game. They also blocked 4 shots while recording 5 steals in the matchup. The Horned Frogs committed 13 personal fouls in the game which got the Jayhawks to the free throw line for a total of 20 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a clip of 75.0%. Pertaining to shooting from distance, Kansas made 8 out of their 20 tries (40.0%). When the game finished, the Jayhawks finished 35 for 62 from the floor which gave them a rate of 56.5%. The Jayhawks allowed the Horned Frogs to convert 24 out of 56 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 42.9% in this matchup. They went 42.1% from 3-point land by shooting 8 out of 19 and finished the game at 6 of 10 from the free throw line (60.0%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, Kansas permitted TCU to get 18 in total (5 on the offensive side).
David McCormack pitched in for the Jayhawks in the matchup. He made 7 of 9 in this game for a field goal percentage of 77.8%, which earned him 20 points. McCormack had 8 rebounds in his 23 mins played and had 2 assists for the matchup. Another guy that played a role for Kansas was Ochai Agbaji. He ended up with 19 points in 31 minutes on the hardwood via 7 out of 12 from the floor for this contest. Agbaji finished going 58.3% from the field while also contributing 3 assists and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma (+6.5)
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