The Kansas Jayhawks are out for revenge and first place in the Big 12 as they take on the Oklahoma St. Cowboys in tonight’s Big 12 action. The Cowboys upset Kansas earlier this month 85-80 at Lawrence, topped off by OSU guard Marcus Smart’s cartwheel and backflip on the Jayhawk logo as Jayhawk fans were leaving Allen Field House tasting a rare home loss. The Jayhawks are one point underdogs in today’s game, with a total set at 135.5
Travis Ford knows the Jayhawks are going to use the backflip as motivating tool. “We’ve had teams do that to us, celebrate when we’ve lost. And it’s a little bit a sign of respect. Now Kansas is going to show it (to their players), going to show our guys celebrating, no question. But that’s respect, we know how hard it is to beat Kansas period, I don’t care where it’s at. But you know, it’s a natural reaction, maybe not a backflip, but it’s a natural reaction.”
Self agrees, although he doesn’t admit to showing clips of the backflip to his players. “We need a payback type attitude going down there,” Self said. “They’re good. Before the season, I said I liked their roster better than anybody in the league. That hasn’t changed.”
The Jayhawks have owned the Cowboys like they have owned the rest of the Big 12 conference, leading the overall series between the two teams 106-54. OSU’s win in Lawrence snapped a four game Kansas win streak against Oklahoma St.. The Cowboys do have a history of playing Kansas tough at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, however. Since the Big 12 began in 1997, Oklahoma and Kansas have split the eight games played in Gallagher-Iba. Kansas coach Bill Self, a former player at Oklahoma St., is 9-5 at Kansas against his alma matter.
The Jayhawks, ranked #10 in the Pomeroy ratings, is 21-4 overall and 9-3 in the Big 12 Conference. Scoring 1.01 points each possession, Kansas ranks fifth in the conference in Offensive Efficiency.They are sixth in turnover percentage, first in offensive rebounding, fifth in free throw percentage, and fourth in pace. Kansas’s opponent’s average 0.9 points per possession against Kansas in the Big 12 Conference, second lowest in the conference. Kansas holds opponents to a 42.4% effective field goal rate, second in the Big 12 Conference. They rank sixth in forcing turnovers, second in rebounding, first in blocks, and first in steals.
Junior guard Markel Brown leads OSU in scoring at 15.8 points per game. He averages 17.3 ppg in league play. Smart leads the Big 12 with 2.9 steals per game to go with his 15.0 ppg scoring average. Sophomore Le’Bryan Nash averages 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. The Cowboys 9-3 in the Big 12 Conference and 19-5 overall in the 2012-13 season. According to Ken Pomeroy, Oklahoma St. has the #34 rated offense and #16 rated defense in college basketball, adjusted for schedule strength.Oklahoma St. is third in the Big 12 Conference in Offensive Efficiency, averaging 1.1 points per possession on offense. They are third in effective field goal percentage in the conference. They rank third in turnover percentage, eighth in offensive rebounding, sixth in two point field goal percentage, third in free throw percentage, and play at the fastest pace in the Big 12. On defense, the Cowboys are the third ranked team in the Big 12 in defensive efficiency, allowing 0.9 points per possession to its conference opponents. Opponents have a 47.9% effective field goal rate, fifth in the conference. They rank third in forcing turnovers, first in rebounding, second in blocks, and second in steals.
Kansas is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a win of more than 20 points.
Kansas is 1-5 ATS in their last six road games.
Oklahoma St. is 4-0 ATS in their last four games after they fail to cover.
Cowboys are 42-20-3 ATS in their last 65 home games.
Cowboys are 2-8 ATS in their last ten games vs. a team with a winning record.
Cowboys are 1-8 ATS in their last nine games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.