It’s sort of strange that when that school down the river has a fantastic talent, we all hate him... but when Oklahoma has one, we sort of start to like the kid. We’ll see if that remains the case tonight when Trae Young brings his electric self to Manhattan. Win or lose, tonight should be a heck of a show.
Kansas State (12-5, 2-3 Big 12) hosts the Oklahoma Sooners (14-2, 4-1 Big 12). We can still never get used to this, but Oklahoma actually leads the all-time series 107-98. At least the Wildcats have a dominating record at home, leading 60-36. The Sooners are, of course, directed by one Lonnie Duane Kruger, who at least a few of you remember being on the side of righteousness and decency. Kruger has not fared well against his alma mater, going 7-8; meanwhile, Bruce Weber has yet to lose a home game to the Sooners.
That may end tonight, as the invaders are led by Trae Young, who’s posting almost 31 points an outing and dishing 10 assists per game. K-State’s hopes probably hinge on shutting down everyone else.
Despite Young, Oklahoma is only a 2½-point favorite, with the over at an eye-popping 164. That parses out to a Vegas expectation of about an 83-81 loss for the Cats. But — wait for it — OddsShark is once again on K-State’s side, projecting a 79-78 win (or, technically, 78.7-78.2, which is about as pessimistic as they’ve been all season).
Tuesday, January 16 at 8:00pm CT, Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) in Manhattan, Kansas.
$15, four for $50, $35 chairback.
ESPNU with Matt Schick and Jason Capel.
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson and Stan Weber, also available via satellite on Sirius/XM 84. In the land of the dirt burglars, you can listen to Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry on the Sooner Radio Network.