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Big Monday Basketball Preview | Inside The Numbers With Kansas And Oklahoma

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It's not often that the conference has a game of this magnitude so early in the conference season, but that's exactly what the Big 12 has when #2 Oklahoma plays #1 Kansas in Lawrence. At stake is the top spot in the conference standings as well as a leg up on the top contenders (Sooners would have beaten Iowa State and Kansas in back-to-back games). Phog Allen Fieldhouse is the mecca of Big 12 basketball and for the first time in a long time Oklahoma has a team that's capable of pulling the road upset. Here's how the Sooners and Jayhawks stack up when comparing the stats.

Scoring Depth

Oklahoma Top Scorers
Player Points Per Game
Buddy Hield 24.7
Jordan Woodard 13.9
Isaiah Cousins 13.3
Ryan Spangler 11.1

Kansas Top Scorers
Player Points Per Game
Wayne Seldon Jr. 15.5
Perry Ellis 15.2
Frank Mason III 13.1
Devonte' Graham 10.5

Both teams go four deep when it comes to players regularly scoring in double figures. The Jayhawks are more balanced with Seldon and Ellis being near identical, but the Sooners have the "Buddy Factor" as one of the top players in America. Oklahoma also averages almost nine points per game more with their top four players than Kansas does. Advantage Sooners

Shot Selection

Team FG% 3P% FT%
Oklahoma 48% 45% 71%
Kansas 52% 46% 71%

Led by Wayne Seldon's blistering 55% shooting from the floor, the Kansas Jayhawks have a clear advantage when it comes to making buckets. Both teams have been excellent from beyond the three-point line this season but the Jayhawks just a bit better. Both teams are solid from the charity stripe, but both could also stand to improve a bit. Advantage Kansas

Under The Basket

Team Rebounds Per Game Blocks Per Game
Oklahoma 44 5
Kansas 38 4

Oklahoma's Ryan Spangler is a double-double machine and leads the Sooners with 10.2 boards per game. Rebounding is a strong point of emphasis for Lon Kruger and the entire team has bought into it. Akolda Manyang and Khadeem Lattin are Oklahoma's rim protectors but regardless you'd better go up strong against both teams or you may see the ball sent into the stands. Advantage Oklahoma

Takeaways And Giveaways

Team Turnovers Per Game Steals Per Game
Oklahoma 12 6
Kansas 11 8

As good as both of these teams are offensively, you don't really want to give either any extra possessions with the ball. Both coaches preach ball security and both teams do a decent job at both protecting the ball and taking it away. The Jayhawks are just a tad better at it though. Advantage Kansas

Dishing The Dimes

Team Assists Per Game
Oklahoma 16
Kansas 19

Oklahoma combo guard Isaiah Cousins dishes out an average of 4.8 assists per game but is overshadowed by KU's Frank Mason III who deals out 5.5. Led by Mason, the Jayhawks have three players that average more than three assists per game. The Sooners have two. Advantage Kansas

Intangibles

Team vs. Current Top 25 Record Points For Points Against Streak
Oklahoma 1-0 12-0 87 67.5 W12
Kansas 2-1 12-1 88.3 65 W11

Oklahoma started off their season at Memphis and have since traveled to Hawaii twice. It's safe to say that they are a seasoned team, but they've also not yet faced a team the caliber of Kansas. The Jayhawks have played a stronger schedule and are producing stats that are equal or greater than Oklahoma's. It's tough to win anywhere on the road in the Big 12, especially in Lawrence. Advantage Kansas