Saturday college basketball odds: No. 5 Kansas at Oklahoma
No. 5 Kansas is in danger of falling out of the Top 10 and coughing up the Big 12 lead should the Jayhawks suffer a third straight loss Saturday at Oklahoma.
KU (19-3, 7-2) suffered the biggest upset of the season on Wednesday, 62-55 at TCU, which had been winless in Big 12 play. It was their first-ever win over a top-5 team. The Jayhawks, coming off a loss four days earlier against Oklahoma State, had played 264 games in a row since January 2006 without consecutive losses, the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
Kansas had just 13 points in the first half Wednesday. In the Big 12 the past five seasons, only twice before have teams scored fewer than 13 in the first half, and in both occasions, those teams lost. Kansas shot a season-low 30 percent (18-of-61) from the field and had its lowest-scoring game since also scoring 55 in an NCAA tournament loss to UCLA on March 24, 2007.
Oklahoma (14-7, 5-4) lost its second straight game Monday, falling 83-64 at Iowa State. ISU opened the second half with a 14-2 run, turning a comfortable lead into an insurmountable 58-33 advantage. The Sooners had just one basket in the first seven minutes of the second half and shot just 37 percent from the field. Andrew Fitzgerald had 12 points for Oklahoma (14-7, 5-4), which lost for the third time in four games.
Oklahoma is 7-2 at home, 4-4 on the road and 3-1 on neutral courts in 2012-13. OU averages 67.4 points per game and gives up 63.5 for a +3.9 scoring margin. The Sooners are outrebounding foes 37.3 to 35.4 per game and average 6.9 steals per contest. Oklahoma is second in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 72.5 percent.
Earlier this season, Kansas defeated Oklahoma 67-54 on Jan. 26 in Allen Fieldhouse. KU led 29-21 at halftime and was up by 15 points with just over five minutes to play. KU’s Ben McLemore led all scorers with 18 points, while Jeff Withey just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds. OU’s Amath M’Baye and Romero Osby each scored 12 points to pace the Sooners. Since the inception of the Big 12 Conference, Kansas is 18-4 against Oklahoma; 16-2 in regular-season play and 2-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 11-3 all-time against Oklahoma, including 11-1 while at KU. Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger is 5-13 versus Kansas, including 0-3 while at OU.
WagerWeb.com trends: Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Sooners are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Sooners are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big 12. Jayhawks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. Home team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.