NCAA Basketball Pick: Kansas vs. Oklahoma State Preview
The Kansas Jayhawks have locked up the Big XII regular season title this year, but they aren’t going to want to take their foot off of the gas pedal when they take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys as a part of Big Monday.
The Jayhawks are really rumbling towards a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and at least in our eyes, they have earned that ranking, at least as of right now. They fought tremendously hard to beat the Missouri Tigers in what might be the final Border War with Mizzou heading to the SEC next year, and the win was one of the best all season long at Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Of course, we immediately become concerned about the way that the team is going to respond in this one against a team that isn’t going to be playing in a postseason tournament on the road. If KU wants to win this game, it is going to do just that thanks to all of its tremendous talent. The two big men on this team, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor are both coming off of tremendous games. Robinson had 28 points and 12 boards, while Taylor had 24 points, five assists, and four boards in the win against the Tigers.
The Cowboys have had some good games over the course of the last few weeks, and they are clearly playing their best ball since conference season started. Keiton Page is doing a nice job right now, and he is coming off of a 15 point performance against the Texas A&M Aggies, who are one of the top defensive teams in the Big XII. Page is the team’s leading scorer at 16.2 points per game, and though he isn’t the greatest shooter in the world at 39.5 percent, but he is knocking down some of the biggest shots at the most important times. Part of what is giving Okie State problems is the fact that it just doesn’t have all that many bigs. The team doesn’t have anyone averaging even six boards per game, and going against Robinson, Jeff Withey, and the other bigs that the Jayhawks can throw its way will be dangerous. Still, this is a team that has pulled its share of upsets here in Stillwater, including a game against the aforementioned Tigers.
The Final Word: We’ve already mentioned it, and we are going to stick with it. The Jayhawks could come into this one totally flat off of the big time win over Missouri. Regardless, without the fact that this was such an emotional win this past weekend, a double-digit point spread is just far too much to ask for, even from a team that is one of the best and the hottest in America.
Kansas Jayhawks @ Oklahoma State Cowboys Pick: Oklahoma State Cowboys