Oklahoma vs. #8 Kansas

The best college basketball game of Monday night is the Oklahoma Sooners traveling to Kansas to face the #8 ranked Jayhawks.

 

Oklahoma @ Kansas Preview

oklahoma vs kansasThe 20-7 Sooners are coming off a 86-73 win over the Kansas State Wildcats. The 21-6 Jayhawks are coming off a 85-54 win over the Texas Longhorns.

The Sooners are lead by sophomores Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler. Heild is averaging 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Spangler is averaging 10.3 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1 block per game.

The Jayhawks are lead by freshman Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins. Embiid is averaging 11.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.6 blocks per game. Wiggins is averaging 16.4 points, 59 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

 

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Oklahoma:

None to report.

For Kansas:

Tyler Self out (foot).

 

How Oklahoma Wins

Oklahoma wins this game if they keep scoring at a high pace. They rank 9th in the nation as they average 82.8 points per game. The Sooners need to also keep rebounding the way they do. They average 31.8 rebounds per game and that ranks 31st in the nation. The final thing they will need to do is play better defense. They rank 312th in the nation in opponent scoring as they give up an average of 76.8 points per game.

 

How Kansas Wins

Kansas will win this game if they keep scoring the way they do. They score an average of 79.7 points per game and that ranks 19th in the nation. The Jayhawks will also need to play defense better. They rank 131st in opponent scoring as they give up an average of 69.1 points per game. The final thing they need to do is limit the number of turnovers they commit. They commit an average of 13.1 turnovers per game.

 

My Prediction

Both of these teams want to make this a high scoring game. Whichever team gets the key defensive stops will have the best chance of winning.

I think that this game is a high scoring back and forth game. I think that they Jayhawks use home court advantage to help get defensive stops and win the game.

Final Score

Kansas: 85
Oklahoma: 78

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