Live Stream Kansas vs. Oklahoma State, watch online, tv channel, prediction, pick, spread, odds

Conference play in college basketball has officially arrived in nearly every league, and the opening weekend of Big 12 play features a matchup between No. 4 Kansas and Oklahoma State as part of an action-packed day on CBS. The Jayhawks are the reigning national champions and have cemented themselves as a contender once again with an 11-1 mark during non-conference play.

Standing in their way as the league opens is a defensively stout Oklahoma State team that will be looking for a huge upset win after a few stretches in non-conference play. Sixth-year coach Mike Boynton’s team has had some offensive struggles during an 8-4 start, but there’s no doubt the Cowboys can make life difficult for opponents.

Teams are shooting just 26.9 percent from 3-point range against Oklahoma State, which ranks among the best shot-blocking teams in the country. Junior center Moussa Cisse leads the way with an average of 2.92 blocks per game, which ranks fourth nationally. Guards Avery Anderson and Bryce Thompson lead a balanced scoring attack for the Cowboys, who are still searching for an offensive rhythm. The team’s 32.5 percent 3-point shooting ranks 254th nationally, and Oklahoma State turns the ball over 15.1 times per game.

Kansas’ only loss thus far came against No. 7 Tennessee on Nov. 25. The Jayhawks own wins over Duke, NC State, Wisconsin, Seton Hall, Missouri and Indiana, just to name a few. Despite losing key players like Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, David McCormack and Remy Martin from their national title run, the Jayhawks picked up where they left off.

Redshirt junior forward Jalen Wilson leads the Big 12 in scoring with 21.1 points per game, while also averaging 9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. Freshman phenom Gradey Dick and Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar also stepped in to help replace the production of departed Agbaji and Braun on the wing. While Kansas doesn’t have a traditional big in McCormack’s mold, that hasn’t hurt this team defensively.

The Jayhawks are averaging 9.8 steals per game and blocking 4.3 shots, despite the absence of a true rim protector in the middle. Overall, Kansas is forcing 16.3 turnovers per game. KU has lost just three home games in the past five seasons and will look to sink its teeth into an upset-prone Oklahoma team. The Cowboys can be a threat, however, and will have nothing to lose as they enter a hostile environment with a chance to make a statement on the national stage.

How to watch Kansas vs. Oklahoma live

Date: Saturday, Dec. 31 | year: 2 p.m. ET
Location: Allen Fieldhouse — Lawrence, Kansas
TV: CBS | Live broadcast: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports App (Free)

Kansas vs. Oklahoma State prediction, picks

Selected game | Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State’s offense is a work in progress and the Cowboys are prone to turnovers, which is bad news against a Kansas team that forces a ton of steals. Look for the Jayhawks to get out in transition for some momentum-changing plays that get their home fans engaged in the action and push for runs. Oklahoma State’s defense is good enough to force the Jayhawks into periodic droughts, but if the Cowboys don’t get hot from deep, they’ll scramble to keep it close. Prediction: Kansas -10

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