Of the top five teams in the AP Poll, four of them lost this week and the Kansas Jayhawks are one of those teams. The Jayhawks will look to atone for their road loss earlier in the week against Central Florida as they host the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Kansas Jayhawks (-5.5, 142)
While the offense for Kansas has been a bit shaken, the defense has performed at a high level, ranking 31st in the nation in points allowed on a per possession basis, allowing fewer than 70 points in 12 of their 15 games this season.
While the Sooners actually are allowing fewer points per possession on defense, ranking 11th in points allowed on a per possession basis, the opponents 27.9% 3-point shooting seems a bit unsustainable and the defense has begun to get exposed as the schedule has gotten more challenged.
Oklahoma enters Saturday having allowed at least 70 points in six of their last 10 games with most of their issues coming away from Norman, allowing 18.2 points per 100 possessions more in a road or neutral court setting than at home.
Bal security is also a concern for Oklahoma with the team committing a turnover on 19.4% of possessions away from home, which ranks 266th in the country.
How these teams shoot free throws at home as opposed to on the road in a game like this has the potential to make all the difference and both have rather demonstrative splits. Oklahoma is making just 71.4% of their free throws in a road or neutral court environment compared to 78.3% at home while Kansas is making 78.1% of their free throws at home compared to 68% away from home.
Kansas also has been a different 3-point shooting team at home, ranking 18th in 3-point shooting percentage at home with a mark of 42.6% as opposed to 31.8% away from Lawrence.
With Oklahoma’s defense being much more vulnerable on the road and Kansas averaging 19.8 points more per 100 possessions at home than away from home, Allen Fieldhouse will claim another victim on Saturday.
The Play: Kansas -5.5