NCAA Men’s Basketball has had a good season so far, even though COVID-19 has halted many colleges this season. As part of Saturday’s slate of games, we will see the #6 Kansas Jayhawks face the unranked but dangerous Oklahoma Sooners.
The Jayhawks have a 10-2 record this season. Their losses came to superior teams in the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Texas Longhorns. However, they have had impressive wins over teams like the Creighton Bluejays, West Virginia Mountaineers, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The Sooners are a strong team themselves and have a 6-3 record. Their losses have come to teams like the Baylor Bears and the Texas Tech Raiders. However, they also had a big win over the #14 West Virginia Mountaineers last week.
Both teams need to win this game. Kansas can’t afford to lose to an unranked team, while the Sooners solidify their quest to be in the AP Top 25 if they can knock off the Jayhawks. So who wins?
The Sooners are coming off a very impressive win over West Virginia. While they did lose their last game to Baylor, that was an expected result. The Jayhawks are favorites for this game, but the Sooners have proven that they can spring an upset on teams better than them. The smart ball-movement that they show is the best way for them to escape Kansas’s gritty defense.
The Jayhawks are one of the better shooting teams in the country, even though they had a nightmare shooting performance against the Longhorns. They push the pace and look to square efficiently, but also in volume.
The Jayhawks will start with Jalen Wilson, Marcus Garrett, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, and David McCormack. Meanwhile, the Sooners will play with Austin Reaves, Alondes Williams, De’Vion Harmon, Brady Manek, and Kur Kuath.
For our prediction, we have to swing towards Kansas. They are the better team, and the fact that Marcus Garrett will be back in the lineup is another massive boost for the Jayhawks. Expect the Sooner’s perimeter play to struggle against the Jayhawks defense.