The Oklahoma Sooners are off to a disappointing 14-15 start to the 2022-23 NCAA Basketball season, tenth in the Big 12 Conference, and are coming off a win against the Iowa State Cyclones (61-50) in their previous outing. Jacob Groves came off the bench to score 16 points and helped the team win by 11 points. Grant Sherfield also chipped in with 10 points.
They will now take on the Kansas State Wildcats, who are on a 22-7 start to the season, fourth in the same conference, on a three-game winning streak, and managed a win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (73-68) in their last outing. Markquis Nowell led the scoring charts with a 22-point performance, including five rebounds, and eight assists.
They will now host this game at the Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday (March 1) where they will look to secure their fifth consecutive win. On the other hand, the Sooners will look to secure their second straight win.
Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas State Wildcats: Betting Odds
|Oklahoma Sooner||+270||+7.5 (-110)||O 141 (-110)|
|Kansas State Wildcats||-340||-7.5 (-110)||U 141 (-110)|
Sooners vs Wildcats: Key Stats
The Sooners have had to struggle so far this season as their conference record is a poor 4-12 at the moment whereas their away record is horrible at 2-7. The team is below the average mark in offense, scoring 68.0 points per game, which ranks 273rd in the country, along with 29.7 offensive rebounds, while conceding 67.6 points per game, which ranks 108th in the country.
Grant Sherfield is leading the offensive charts with 16.3 points per game and has the best field goal percentage of 41.6. On the defensive front, Tanner Groves is recording 7.0 rebounds per game along with 1.1 blocks per game. Otega Oweh is averaging 1.1 steals per game.
The Kansas State Wildcats have had a positive start to the season as their conference record is a healthy 10-6 at the moment whereas their home record is near perfect at 15-1. The team is way above the average mark in offense, scoring 75.3 points per game, which ranks 101st in the nation, along with 32.3 offensive rebounds, while conceding 68.0 points per game, which ranks 123rd in the nation.
Keyontae Johnson is the leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 17.6 ppg with the best field goal percentage of 51.0. Markquis Nowell is recording 7.6 assists per game, the highest in the team. He also leads the team in defense with 7.6 rebounds per game whereas Markquis averages 2.3 steals per game.
Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas State Wildcats: Match Details
Fixture: Oklahoma Sooners @ Kansas State Wildcats
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 1, 2023, 08:00 p.m ET
Venue: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas
Oklahoma Sooners vs Kansas State Wildcats: Prediction
The Wildcats are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games against a team that has a losing record away from home. They are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine games overall.
The two teams have already faced other once this season and it was a shocking 79-65 win for the Sooners. However, the Wildcats are hosting the game tonight and have been performing much better compared to the Sooners, throughout the season. They will come hard at the Sooners and will look to equal the tie. Expect them to cover the spread tonight.