Oklahoma State (12-13, 3-9) at #6 Kansas (21-4, 9-3)
When: Monday, February 15th 2016
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Time: 9:00 ET | TV: ESPN
The Kansas Jayhawks look to extend their five-game winning streak when they host the banged-up Oklahoma State Cowboys on Monday. Kansas has been on a roll since losing at Iowa State on January 25th, winning their last five including the last two over the two teams in their way of another Big 12 title. After taking care of West Virginia last Tuesday, the Jayhawks completed the season sweep over the weekend of Oklahoma when they went to Norman and pulled out a 76-72 win. Guard Devonte Graham scored a career-high 27 points against the Sooners and did an outstanding job defensively against star Buddy Hield. Frank Mason contributed 14 points, while Perry Ellis scored 10 and grabbed seven rebounds. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 33 points in a win over Kentucky earlier this month but has totaled just 27 points in the four games since, shooting 10-of-32 in the process. Landen Lucas has contributed 16 points, 26 rebounds and five blocks over the last two games while playing 29 minutes against West Virginia and 28 against Oklahoma – his two highest minute totals of the season. Kansas will look to avenge one of their ugliest losses of the season when the Cowboys beat them 86-67 back on January 19th.
Oklahoma State is stuck near the bottom of the conference standings, but that didn’t stop them from going out and beating Kansas State on Saturday. How they won the game is beyond me. The Cowboys shot 33.9% from the floor, 10-of-33 from three-point land, 10-of-17 from the foul line, and committed 16 turnovers – yet they pulled out a 58-55 overtime victory. They also won without their two best players – Phil Forte and Jawun Evans. The latter led the Cowboys with 22 points, eight assists, and six rebounds in the win over Kansas last month, but will most likely be out of the season with a shoulder injury. Forte has only played three games this season and his status is still uncertain. Guard Jeff Newberry (10.6 points, 4.7 rebounds) has made just 6-of-28 shots in the last three games and his shooting only 31.7% from beyond the arc this season. Leyton Hammonds has picked up the slack lately draining multiple three-pointers in five straight games and has scored in double-figures in six straight.
If Oklahoma State plays the way they did on Saturday, this game will be over by halftime. Kansas has a lot of confidence right now and this is your typical revenge game. I see a blowout.
Pick: Kansas -15