The Kansas Jayhawks go for their seventh straight victory when they visit Oklahoma State in a Big Monday matchup on ESPN. Game time is 8 PM ET at Gallagher-Iba Arena. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Cowboys last 10 at home.

The Big 12 leading Jayhawks are favored by -9.5 in the NCAA basketball odds with the total at 137.

Kansas (24-5, 14-13-1 ATS) is 14-2 in conference play including a stunning 85-86 overtime victory over Missouri on Saturday. Now with a victory over Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks can ensure an outright title and guarantee themselves a No. 1 seed at next week’s conference tournament. 

In the scintillating OT victory over Mizzou, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor were the stars. Robinson scored 28 points while Taylor drained a pair of go ahead free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining helping KU erase a 19-point second half deficit, its biggest of the season.

All five Kansas starters are averaging 8.9 points or more per contest. Leading the way is Robinson, who is averaging 17.8 points and 11.9 rebounds per game. Taylor is chipping in with 16.7 points per game while dishing out five assists per contest.

Overall Kansas is averaging 75.1 points per game while allowing 61.2 ppg. KU is also seventh in the nation in shooting defense (38.1 ppg).

Keiton PageOklahoma State (14-5 SU, 14-12-1 ATS) is 7-9 in Big 12 play and have already surpassed last season’s league win total with two games remaining. The Cowboys are coming off a 60-42 rout of Texas A&M. The Aggies 42 points were one point of the fewest in a Big 12 game by an OSU opponent since the league formed 1996-97. Brian Williams had 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting while Keiton Page who will be honored tonight on senior night, added 15 points.

Page leads the Pokes in scoring (16.2 ppg overall) and in Big 12 play (18 ppg). Markel Brown is averaging 10.7 points per game while leading the team in assists (65), and is second on the team in rebounds (153) and steals (38).

Entering tonight’s game, OSU is in seventh place in the league standings, but could finish as high as fifth. The teams that finish 7th through 10th in the Big 12 standings will play on the first day of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City on Wednesday, March 7. The top-six teams will receive a first-round bye and play on Thursday, March 8.

Coaches

The head coach of the Jayhawks is Bill Self, a 1985 graduate of Oklahoma State. He is 261-51 in his ninth season as the coach at KU and is 468-156 in his 19th season overall as a Division I head coach.

Travis Ford is in his fourth season as the head man for the Oklahoma State Cowboys. In just three seasons at the helm of OSU hoops, he’s already led the Pokes to a pair of NCAA tournament appearances and eight victories over top-25 opponents. Ford, now in his 15th season as a head coach, is 269-196 overall including 79-52 at OSU.

Series History

Kansas leads the all-time series with Oklahoma State 105-53, including a 33-31 edge in Stillwater. The Cowboys have won the last two meetings inside Gallagher-Iba Arena, and both times, the Jayhawks were ranked in the top-five nationally. Since the Big 12 formed in 1996-97, OSU is 4-12 against KU in regular-season games, including a 4-3 mark in Stillwater and an 0-9 record in Lawrence. OSU has a 2-4 mark against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship.

Trends

Kansas has won six straight, including three on the road. However Oklahoma State has won two straight and three of its last four at home against the Jayhawks.

The Jayhawks are 7-2 on the road this season, 6-6-1 ATS and 11-0-2 to the ‘under’. The Cowboys are 11-3 at home, 6-5-1 ATS and 8-4 to the ‘under’.

Harvey’s Take: There’s plenty of motivation for Kansas tonight but I’m curious how much gas they’ll have left in the tank after Saturday’s emotional victory. I’ve got the Jayhawks to win, the Cowboys to cover and the game to slide ‘under’ the title in my NCAA basketball picks.

Good luck.