Date/Time: February 24, 9:00 p.m. EST
The Big 12 conference is proving to be one of the best conferences in all of college basketball as they boast several ranked teams as well as several units that have the potential to go deep in the 2014 NCAA tournament. On Big Monday on ESPN, the Big 12 will take center stage with a great matchup featuring the Oklahoma Sooners and the top ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
This game has some very big implications considering the conference is still up for grabs and a big win for either team could improve their seeding in the NCAA tournament. The Sooners will have a big uphill battle as the Jayhawks are off a huge win over the Texas Longhorns and they are playing great basketball right now. The victory kept Kansas head coach Bill Self’s success rate perfect in Big 12 rematch games. In his 11 seasons, a conference opponent has never beaten the Jayhawks twice in the regular season.
Kansas now have 21 wins on the season and now has a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with four games to play. It can clinch a share of the conference title with a victory at home over Oklahoma on Monday. History is also against Oklahoma. Oklahoma played the Jayhawks tough on Jan. 8 in Norman, falling 90-83.The Sooners have lost 12 consecutive games at Allen Fieldhouse, stretching back more than 20 years.
The last time Oklahoma won at Kansas was Feb. 17, 1993, when the unranked Sooners beat the No. 6 Jayhawks 80-77.
The latest college basketball betting trends reveal that the both have these teams have very positive wagering angles in their favor. The Sooners are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 road games when playing against a team with a home winning percentage of greater than .600, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games when playing against a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games when playing against a team with a winning road record, 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600 and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
In eth most recent meetings the edge has been in the favor of the home team. The Sooners are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Kansas.
Free Pick: Kansas Jayhawks
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