NCAA Basketball: Kansas Jayhawks vs Oklahoma State Cowboys February 8, 2021- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 02/08/2021, 3:00 PM EST
Feb 3, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) celebrates with guard Bryce Williams (14) during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball is back with an exciting clash from the Big 12 Conference. The Kansas Jayhawks host the #23 ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys at the Allen Fieldhouse at 9 pm EST tonight.

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Two wins in their last seven games have kicked the Jayhawks out of the AP Poll. After being 10-2 at one stage, they are currently 12-7. They lost to the WVU Mountaineers in their last game, in a 12 point defeat. It has been a massive plummet for the Jayhawks, after being ranked as #6 during the preseason AP Poll.

The Cowboys have a completely different situation, after entering the AP Poll for the first time since 2014-15. They had a huge upset win over the Texas Longhorns in their last game. That win would have been the catalyst for their rise in the rankings. They arrive into this game with a lot of confidence, knowing that they already beat them once earlier, and will aim to repeat that performance.

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NCAA Basketball: Is another upset on the cards for the Jayhawks?

The Jayhawks have Tyon Grant-Foster listed as questionable following an ankle injury. Bryce Thompson is yet to return for them after he had a surgery for his broken finger. Their lineup could feature Marcus Garrett, Ochai Agbaji, and Christian Braun as their guards, with David McCormack and Jalen Wilson as their forwards.

Jan 28, 2021; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Marcus Garrett (0) celebrates with guard Ochai Agbaji (30) after scoring against the TCU Horned Frogs during the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys’ injury situation is grim, with three players out, and another questionable. They need Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe, who is listed as questionable, to recover, as he is a solid addition to their rotation now. They will start with Avery Anderson III, Bryce Williams, and Cade Cunningham as their guards, and Kalib Boone and Isaac Likekele as their forwards.

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Feb 3, 2021; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Cade Cunningham (2) in action during the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Jayhawks are far from their best currently, and the Cowboys will be ready to pile on the misery. On the other hand, the Cowboys have found momentum now. They beat the Jayhawks once already so they know they can do it again. Cade Cunnigham will lead their charge, and the #1 ranked prospect will hope to deliver a statement performance tonight.

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It will definitely be a close game, but Cowboys will be favorites to come away with another upset win.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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