After winning in Waco, the Kansas Jayhawks are now the number 1 team in the land. The schedule seems to get a lot easier this week, but strange things have happened to this team before. Can KU avoid a letdown at home against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Big Monday?
Take a look at what our staff thinks, and then leave your own prediction in the comments below.
Brendan: The biggest fear here has to be that this could be a letdown game for KU after a hard-fought, emotional win over Baylor on Saturday. And Oklahoma State is playing better, having won three of its last four including pasting OU over the weekend. All of that said, I don’t think much of it matters for anything but talking points. The Jayhawks are the best team in the country, they dominated the Cowboys in Stillwater earlier this year and I think it will be more of the same this time in Lawrence. Kansas 72, Oklahoma State 57
dnoll5: I’m equally as confident as Brendan. KU is going to smash these guys. Put in Teahan and company at the under four timeout and start the chant at that time. Kansas 87, Oklahoma State 60.
Kyle_Davis21: The worry here is not necessarily overlooking OSU but just exhaustion from a quick turnaround after a heavyweight fight on Saturday. But, like Dotson said after the Baylor win, I don’t see this team getting complacent. In the first matchup, Doke had just six points and five rebounds and McCormack was suspended and KU still won by 15. The Cowboys are playing better, but it won’t be enough. Kansas 74, Oklahoma State 61
Fizzle406: Exhaustion and overlooking OSU is a bigger threat than OSU. But I really don’t see OSU coming into AFH and pulling off the upset. Marcus Smart isn’t coming through those doors and neither are the hobbits. Kansas 75, OSU 60
Mike.Plank: Exhaustion? These guys are 20 years old. They don’t know what exhaustion is. (Or maybe I don’t know, since I was never a D1 ballplayer?) I saw a crazy stat that teams are something like 4-17 ATS the game after playing Baylor, and that seems about right for tonight. Give me Kansas 74, Oklahoma State 66.
David: OSU has been looking better in recent weeks, and KU just went on the road and battled to a win in the game of the year so far two days ago. Fortunately, at the end of the day, Oklahoma State isn’t good enough to come into Allen Fieldhouse and win, outside of something crazy happening. Unless OSU shoots 60% from three or something, I think they’ll hang around through the first half, before KU slowly starts pulling away in the second to cement a comfortable, but not overwhelming, home victory. Kansas 72, Oklahoma State 62
Andy Mitts: It’s hard to imagine Kansas losing this game, and like Kyle said, Oklahoma State needed a nearly perfect game to lose by 15 in Stillwater. Yes, Oklahoma State is playing better. But they are playing that much better, and Kansas is the much better team. Kansas 81, Oklahoma State 63.