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College basketball expert pick for No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Kansas on Saturday

The No. 9 Sooners and No. 3 Jayhawks are both looking for bounce back efforts after taking losses this week.

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We have a top-10 battle in the Big 12 this afternoon as the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners head up to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed on ESPN+.

Oklahoma (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) got clipped in a road upset on Wednesday, falling in an 80-71 loss at TCU. Turnovers ended up being a big problem for the Sooners as the Horned Frogs scored 25 of their points off 14 turnovers by OU. Milos Uzan had a double-double in the loss, delivering 13 points and 10 assists along with seven rebounds.

Kansas (13-2, 1-1 Big 12) was also stunned in a road upset on Wednesday, falling 65-60 at conference newcomer UCF. The Jayhawks led by eight at halftime before the Knights stormed back to make this a dogfight. Tied at 57 with just over three minutes left, a 6-0 run was enough to give UCF cushion for the upset.

This is a battle of two teams right next to each other in KenPom with Oklahoma ranked 19th and Kansas ranked 20th. They are both ranked in the top 15 in adjusted efficiency on defense, but the Sooners are stifling opponents by holding them to 44.8% in effective shooting. Something to watch is how KU does from downtown. The Jayhawks are shooting 37.8% from three while the Sooners are holding opponents to just 27.9% shooting from beyond the arc.

What this game means for Oklahoma

Oklahoma is getting right into the thick of Big 12 play and tasted its own blood in Wednesday’s loss at TCU. They’ll have plenty of tough games to look forward to on the schedule, but a victory in Lawrence would be a nice jolt for the Sooners.

What this game means for Kansas

The same thing I just said about Oklahoma applies to Kansas here as it’s never a good feeling to lose on the road and see the opposing crowd storm the court on you. The Jayhawks are undefeated at home this season and a win would get them back on track and would add another Quad 1 victory to their resume.

Oklahoma vs. Kansas odds from DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Kansas -7.5
Total: 142.5
Moneyline: KU -310, OU +250

Pick: Oklahoma +7.5