Saturday college basketball odds: No. 22 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Kansas State
There are only three ranked teams currently in the Big 12 and two of them will face off Saturday as Oklahoma State and Kansas State square off – bet on the game at WagerWeb.com.
OSU had a five-game winning streak snapped last time out, losing 69-68 at home to No. 10 Gonzaga on New Year’s Eve. Gonzaga’s Gary Bell Jr. Bell hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 35.7 seconds left to put the 10th-ranked Bulldogs ahead, Kevin Pangos made two clinching free throws down the stretch and Gonzaga beat OSU to spoil one of the Cowboys’ most anticipated nonconference games at Gallagher-Iba Arena in decades.
Marcus Smart led Oklahoma State (10-2) with 23 points but missed two free throws with 8.7 seconds left with the Cowboys trailing by two. Elias Harris grabbed the rebound on Smart’s second miss, and Pangos was fouled in the backcourt before stepping to the line to drill both free throws. Phil Forte then connected on a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Oklahoma State. Markel Brown contributed 16 points and Forte scored 15 for the Cowboys.
Only four other top 10 teams had played at Gallagher-Iba Arena outside of conference play, and Gonzaga was the first ranked team outside of the Big Eight or Big 12 to visit Stillwater since Memphis in 1989. Louisville was the last top 10 team to play in the building outside of conference play, in 1980.
KSU (11-2) has won four in a row, which includes an impressive victory over No. 8 Florida. The Wildcats last played on New Year’s Eve as well, beating South Dakota 70-50. Nino Williams led the team with 16 points and also snagged seven rebounds as the team finished its nonconference season on a solid note despite missing starting point guard Angel Rodriguez and backup point guard Martavious Irving.
Both Rodriguez and Irving have missed the last two games with injuries. K-State has struggled offensively without them, and Oklahoma State has more talent. Rodriguez is likely to play. It will be interesting to see how the Wildcats matchup with star Le’Bryan Nash and Smart. KSU swept Oklahoma State a year ago. The one in Manhattan was a 77-58 blowout. OSU played without an injured Nash.
WagerWeb.com trends: Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Cowboys are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Kansas St.