So, Pacific didn’t come through and Coach Rick’s streak came to an end. All that means is we have another streak to start and it begins in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks will take on Oklahoma State.
News flash: the Cowboys have yet to win a Big 12 game. Hmmm, that’s interesting.
Game: Kansas Jayhawks (16-3, 11-7 ATS) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-9, 6-12 ATS)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, January 27, 2020
Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Current Line: OKST +7 Total: 133.5
TV Coverage: ESPN
Oklahoma State is 0-6 in Big 12 play. The Cowboys had lost six in a row – all in conference play – before beating Texas A&M 73-62 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday. The Cowboys are one of the worst scoring teams in the nation averaging just 67.5 points per game. That is 313th out of 351 Division I programs.
Only two Cowboys average in double figures. Leading scorer Lindy Waters III averages 12.0 points a game and fellow guard Isaac Likekele adds 11.6.
Yor Anei, a 6-10 forward, averages 8.5 points and had a great day against Texas A&M. Anei scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and blocked four shots.
The only positive for Oklahoma State heading into Monday night’s clash with the Jayhawks is that Kansas is tired and lacks depth. The recent suspensions of Silvio de Sousa and David McCormack have left the Jayhawks with basically a six-man rotation. That is leaving head coach Bill Self’s squad pretty tired.
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Kansas played on Saturday as well in the Big 12-SEC Challenge and beat Tennessee at home 74-68. Six Jayhawks accounted for all but five minutes of playing time.
Guard Devon Dotson, the Jayhawks’ leading scorer, had 22 points and 7-footer Udoka Azubuike added 18 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocked shots. It was Azubuike’s third double-double in his last four games.
The Jayhawks have lost just once in Big 12 play. That was to Baylor, which is the nation’s No. 1 team. Kansas has won four straight and seven of the last eight.
The issue on Monday is can they win again with just seven players? McCormack and de Sousa were suspended for their roles in the melee that happened after the Jayhawks beat rival Kansas State.
When Self spells Azubuike, Kansas goes to a five-guard lineup that is skilled offensively and plays solid defense but is just so-so when it comes to hitting the boards. It’s something Kansas will have to overcome on Monday and Coach Rick believes the Jayhawks will.
Knowing Oklahoma State hasn’t won a conference game and is 1-6 ATS in their last seven games gives Coach Rick some confidence. The Cowboys are also just 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games.
The Jayhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games. They have lost just once – Baylor – at home this season and are in the midst of that four-game win streak.
Today’s NCAAB Free Pick Against the Spread: Kansas -7
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.