No. 8 Kansas saw its two-game lead in the Big 12 standings reduced to one on Monday night, but the Jayhawks can regain their footing and retain solo league possession on Saturday with a win over Oklahoma. The Sooners, meanwhile, will be looking for their first win at Kansas since 1993 and their second straight win over a top-10 opponent following Wednesday’s victory over No. 9 Texas Tech.
The game, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on CBS, is also a rematch of a Jan. 18 thriller that Kansas narrowly won 67-64 at OU. Oklahoma (14-10, 4-7) led this game 52-46 with 9:13 remaining and had a four-point advantage with just 4:11 remaining, but couldn’t resist a late barrage of Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson. This line scored the last 19 points for the Jayhawks.
Kansas (19-4, 8-2) is expected to be without point guard Remy Martin in the rematch, which has become standard operating procedure in recent weeks as Martin has dealt with injury. His absence was evident in KU’s 79-76 loss to the Longhorns on Monday, however, as the Jayhawks surrendered an 18-point advantage to Texas in points on turnovers and struggled to score late.
Oklahoma is riding the momentum of an impressive 70-55 win over the Red Raiders that snapped a three-game losing streak for freshman coach Porter Moser’s team. Senior guard Umoja Gibson scored 30 points for the Sooners in the win, which helped OU achieve “Last Four In” status on the NCAA tournament bubble, according to CBS sports bracket expert Jerry Palm.
Kansas vs Oklahoma Prediction, Picks
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Oklahoma scored 45 second-half points against an elite Texas Tech defense in a huge win on Wednesday. The Sooners may not earn their first victory in Kansas since 1993, but they can certainly make it too close for consolation against a Jayhawks team that just lost to Texas. KU won the first encounter 67-64 on Jan. 18 and may have to fight until the end to secure a season sweep. Prediction: Kansas 73, Oklahoma 71
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