No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners at No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks (-8.5, 165.5)
Before focusing on a Big 12 first-place showdown with Texas Tech next weekend, 13th-ranked Kansas must take care of business Monday when slumping No. 23 Oklahoma and Trae Young come calling. The Jayhawks escaped at home against West Virginia on Saturday and drew even atop the conference standings when Baylor knocked off the Red Raiders later that night.
Kansas closed out West Virginia with a 19-3 run as Udoka Azubuike scored 21 points and Devonte' Graham contributed 15 points while the defense stepped to the challenge as the Jayhawks put themselves in a position to challenge for a 14th consecutive regular-season championship. "It keeps us in a position to play for something," Kansas coach Bill Self told reporters afterward. "It was big for our guys' confidence, probably." The Sooners dropped their fifth straight game Saturday, 76-66 to Texas, shooting a season-low 30.8 percent with Young continuing to struggle. The 6-2 guard scored 26 points but shot 7-of-21 from the field and is 18-for-58 over his last three games, including 4-of-27 from the arc.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
LINE HISTORY: The first place Jayhawks opened as 8.5-point home favorites and that number has yet to move. The total hit betting boards at 167 and has been dropped slightly to 165.5. Check out the complete line history here.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA (16-10 SU, 8-17 ATS, 16-9 O/U): Young (29.0 points, 9.2 assists), who added seven assists and five rebounds against Texas, snapped a streak of 20 consecutive missed 3-pointers on Saturday and is averaging 23.6 points per game during the losing skid. "I'm getting guarded like nobody else in the country is being guarded, scouted on like no one else in the country," Young told reporters after the game. “It's a lot tougher for me to score now than it was in the beginning.” Christian James (12.3 points) was held to 11 points after scoring at least 20 in his previous two games and Brady Manek (11.0 points) connected on 3-of-13 after entering the game shooting 61.7 percent at home.
ABOUT KANSAS (21-6 SU, 13-12-1 ATS, 11-15 O/U): Azubuike (14.1 points, 7.0 rebounds) made 7-of-8 shots from the field against West Virginia to lift his shooting percentage to 76.9, and the 7-foot sophomore sank 7-of-10 from the free-throw line to raise his season percentage to 44.7. Azubuike is shooting 78 percent from the field in conference play and 86 percent over his last six games. Lagerald Vick (12.8 points) has scored 29 points in his last two games after after reaching double figures in four of his previous 12 contests.
* Sooners are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
* Jayhawks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
* Under is 4-0 in Sooners last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
* Under is 8-2 in Jayhawks last 10 vs. Big 12.
* Underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
TIP-IN BETTING TIDBITS:
- Kansas is 146-67 all-time against Oklahoma, but the Sooners got 26 points on just nine field-goal attempts from Young on Jan. 23 to post an 85-80 victory.
- Graham has played 40 minutes in 10 straight games.
- Kansas has won at least 10 league games in 24 consecutive seasons.
COVERS CONSENSUS: Consensus numbers show 65 percent of Covers contest players like the road underdog Sooners to cover the spread. You can view the full consensus data here.