The Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to face the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a pivotal Big 12 conference game with league title implications on Wednesday, February 20th at 9:00 PM ET. Currently, there is a three way tie atop the Big 12 standings between the Kansas State Wildcats, Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma State Cowboys as each team has three losses in conference play. The winner of Wednesday night’s showdown between Kansas and Oklahoma State will move to 10-3 with the Kansas State Wildcats while the loser will drop down to second place.
The Kansas Jayhawks have seen a nice turnaround in their level of play after dropping three straight conference games earlier in the month of February. In their most recent game, the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Texas Longhorns by a final score of 73-47. In that blowout, center Jeff Withey scored 15 points to go with 11 rebounds and four steals while Travis Releford had one of his best games of the season scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds. Freshman Ben McLemore also had a nice game against Texas, scoring 13 points to go with six rebounds and three assists.
The offense of the Jayhawks has improved dramatically after suffering an embarrassing loss at the hands of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on February 6th. As long as the Jayhawks are able to maintain their current level of offensive efficiency, they will have as good a shot as anyone to win the Big 12 conference title.
The Oklahoma State Cowboys have been on a roll as of late, winning seven straight games. In their most recent game, the Cowboys defeated their rival Oklahoma Sooners 84-79 in overtime. Guard Marcus Smart continued his excellent play as he scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds to go with four assists in the game. Fellow guard Le’Bryan Nash scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds during the overtime victory.
That win over Oklahoma set the Oklahoma State Cowboys on track to win the Big 12 title. With a relatively easy schedule after Wednesday game against Kansas, the Big 12 title could be decided when the Oklahoma State Cowboys host the Kansas State Wildcats on March 9th.
Odds makers have set the Oklahoma State Cowboys as 1.5 point home favorites.