Kansas vs. Oklahoma NCAA Basketball Odds, Preview and Prediction

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Oklahoma hosts Kansas in an early-season Big 12 conference showdown. The Sooners have stumbled coming out of the gate in Big 12 conference play. OU has lost three of its last four, including dropping each of the last two games, by 14 at Texas Tech and by one in overtime at TCU. The Sooners also had a 10-point road loss at Baylor. 

Oklahoma is just 1-3 on the road this year and enters play Tuesday at 12-5, 2-3 in the Big 12. Kansas, meanwhile, has won 10 of 11, including the last two, both at home. The Jayhawks are 14-2, 3-1 in the Big 12 and coming off a 26-point blowout over West Virginia. 

Which team is the right NCAAB pick against the college basketball odds? Keep reading to get some expert betting advice.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma Sooners    

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 7:00 PM EST at Lloyd Noble Center 

Injury Woes 

The Jayhawks hit the road for Tuesday’s game. They are 2-1 on the season in true road games, beating St. John’s by 20, Oklahoma State by 11, and losing to Texas Tech by eight the last time they left Phog Allen Field House. 

Kansas hopes to get back super senior Remy Martin, a grad transfer from Arizona State. After averaging 19.1 ppg for the Sun Devils each of the last two seasons, Martin has struggled with a knee injury for the last three weeks. He hurt the right knee in the Nevada game on December 29th and sat out a New Year’s Day game against George Mason.  

Martin returned to the floor three days later, against Oklahoma State, then played just 12 minutes, coming off the bench and scoring two points at Texas Tech. He missed the last two games. 

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Coach Bill Self updated his status after the West Virginia game. “He practiced [on Friday] and looked great,” Self said. “He's got a bone bruise and it's day to day. So that's what it'll be. And if it feels good, he'll go if it doesn't feel good, he won't. He didn't feel good today. So that's where that's at.” “I’m hoping we get him back by Tuesday,” Self added. 

Freshman forward Zach Clemence has also missed the last two games and was seen wearing a protective boot at one of the home games last week.  

Kansas got back freshman guard Bobby Pettiford, who had been battling injury and COVID-19. He’s logged limited minutes the last two games. Sophomore Joseph Yesufu, who missed a week with an ankle injury, returned last game.  

Lights Out on Hot Shooting 

Heading into last week, Oklahoma had the third-best shooting percentage in the nation. The Sooners seemed to hit a wall against Big 12 defenses, however. OU shot just 43-of-107, .402, in two losses last week, 109 points below their season mark up to that point.  

The Sooners shot .514 on two-point attempts, down from .615 on the year. They were even worse from three.  Oklahoma hit 1-of-13 from three against Texas, its worst shooting night of the year, then went 5-of-22 against TCU. That’s a .171 rate, less than half of the season's three-point percentage up to that point—.363.  

The shooting appeared to affect Oklahoma’s offense even before the Sooners put up shots. OU committed 37 turnovers in the two games.  

“That’s a crucial thing this team has to get better at,” coach Porter Moser said. “If the shots aren’t falling, we can’t force it. We’ve got to trust, trust each other. We’ve had many times where if it hasn’t gone our way, they take turns doing it themselves. That (leads to) an unforced turnover or an untimely shot. So that trust process comes from playing together, experiencing together, understanding there’s just going to be nights where your shots don’t fall.” 

The Pick 

Oklahoma isn’t a sub-.500 Big 12 team. The Sooners will get back on track, and shots will start to fall. Coming back to Norman and shooting in a familiar arena should do wonders for the OU slump. Kansas, meanwhile, will be either missing key players or trying to work them back into the rotation. Either way, it all points to a cover for OU as a home dog. Make sure to make a note of this and cash out at the best online books.

NCAAB Pick: Oklahoma +3.5 (-114) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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