The miraculous run of results in the conference continue for the Kansas Jayhawks, as West Virginia lost to TCU last night to set up the opportunity for KU to get 2 games clear with a win in the road against the Oklahoma Sooners. But can they go into Norman and come away with the victory?
Fizzle406: I have a 2-step plan to stop Trae Young. Step one involves the bottom of his shoes and a good amount of super glue and step two is replacing his Gatorade with Fight Milk. Outside of that he is going to get what he wants. I see KU’s perfect road record coming to an end in Norman. Oklahoma 78, Kansas 70
dnoll5: Bill Self has a pretty good history of letting a guy “get his” and still have Kansas win the game. Games involving Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, and Buddy Hield come to mind. My theory is that you let Trae Young get whatever he needs and nullify the other four guys on the court. He’s not going to outscore Kansas by himself. Maybe Trae and the Sooners haven’t learned anything since Saturday when Young scored a lot but lost the game because there was no plan except for “let Trae Young do things.” Kansas 88, Oklahoma 87.
Mike.Plank: I’m pretty much with dnoll on this. Young may get 40, but hopefully Kansas makes him take 35 shots to get there. If that happens, KU wins. Kansas 75, Oklahoma 73.
Kyle_Davis21: It sounds like we’re all on the same page here. Trae Young is going to get his points. He’s the frontrunner for National Player of the Year for a reason. The question is how many shots will it take him to get 30 points, and how many turnovers Kansas can create. Rob Dauster of NBC Sports pointed out on Twitter that Young’s teammates made as many field goals (14 on 43 attempts) on Saturday as Young did. If Sooners not named Young shoot above their heads, so be it. I am not confident in my pick. But winning on the road is really tough. The only thing I feel confident about is that it’ll be close and high scoring, as Oklahoma’s defense gives up 81.6 ppg. Oklahoma 85, Kansas 83
Andy Mitts: My only problem with these picks are the final scores. Oklahoma plays so quickly that their games are huge shootouts. Trae Young gets his, but Devonte Graham has a huge game, especially defensively. True to form for Kansas, this is a close game late with plenty of scoring. Kansas 102, Oklahoma 99 (OT)