Road to March Madness: #6 Kansas Jayhawks (24-6) Vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-13) Game Information
When it comes to deciding which teams will be going dancing when March Madness comes around, it’s not as simple as just looking at the overall records of every team in the nations. A strong non-conference schedule always looks good, especially if a team picks up a lot of wins in those games. Performing well against ranked opponents is also a good thing, which is why the Oklahoma State Cowboys are still considered to be on the bubble despite slipping to a 17-13 season record. The Cowboys have been particularly good against the bigger teams this season, taking down 4 top 10 teams, which ties a school record. They will have a chance to beat that record on Saturday when they welcome in the #6 ranked Kansas Jayhawks. You have to feel that a win for the Cowboys here would be enough to guarantee them a spot in the tournament, but it would need to come against a team that is on fire right now. This is going to be a fun one to watch and wager on this coming Saturday.
What: #6 Kansas Jayhawks (24-6) Vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-13)
When: Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 4:00 P.M ET
What: Gallagher Iba Arena, Stillwater, OK
The Line: TBA
Why bet on the Kansas Jayhawks
The goal of every team heading to March Madness is to finish the season strong so that they can head into the tournament with a head of steam. The Kansas Jayhawks certainly fit that bill, coming into the final game of the season on a 5-game win streak that includes a pair of wins over ranked opponents. The Jayhawks are currently sitting in the #6 spot and have a real shot at being a 1 or 2 seed when the brackets are revealed. This is a school that certainly knows how to get the job done, making it to the Final Four on no less than 14 different occasions. They are rounding into form at just the right time and will not want to put a dent in their momentum with a loss on the final game of the regular season. Let’s not forget that Kansas already lost to the Cowboys this season, going down 84-79 in the last meeting.
Why bet on the Oklahoma State Cowboys
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been a tough team to figure out this season, mostly because they have been horribly inconsistent. They seem to get up and play their best basketball when going against the best teams in the county, only to appear catatonic when playing teams that you would ordinarily expect them to beat. It has been that inconstant play that may well see them miss out on the tournament this year. They are coming into this one after beating Iowa State earlier in the week, but you need to think that a win is a must here if they want to go dancing. The Cowboys are middle of the pack in all the major stats on offense and defense, but it is their ability to take their game to the next level when it matters most that could make them a threat here.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
As good as Oklahoma State have been against ranked teams this season, it’s tough to imagine that they will be able to do the double on Kansas. That is why I am taking the Jayhawks to win.
Predicted Score: Kansas Jayhawks 78 Oklahoma State Cowboys 68