Kansas-Oklahoma Rematch Shaping Up To Be Expensive Barn Burner
The matchup of the 2015-16 college basketball season is happening again. The Kansas Jayhawks and Oklahoma Sooners teamed up for arguably the best game of the year in early January, one that culminated in a triple-overtime win for the Jayhawks. Roughly a month later, the former No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation are still in the top-six and will face off yet again for the right to climb the college ranks.
Kansas isn’t the better team on paper this time around, as they enter at 20-4 (6th in the nation) with one more loss than the Sooners, who stand in first in the Big 12 with a 20-3 mark. Whether or not fans are witnessing the beginnings of a classic March Madness battle doesn’t matter, as this second meeting between two goliaths has all the trimmings of a title game. That’s virtually what it is, too, with the winner taking over sole possession of first place in the mighty Big 12.
Big 12 basketball has not been a scene for pushovers during the 2015-16 college basketball season, as it’s produced an impressive six Top-25 teams and numerous roadblocks for both Oklahoma and Kansas to overcome. A strong West Virginia team is arguably the only other legit contender within the conference to stake a claim for the top spot, though, leaving this Saturday battle on February 13 to likely decide the Big 12. Oklahoma and Kansas fans wouldn’t have it any other way.
While we probably can’t expect another insane triple-overtime rendezvous, this is still sure to be one of the best games left on the season’s schedule. Oklahoma likely carries a revenge stick into this one, but Kansas proved to be the better team in the clutch in the first meeting at the Allen Fieldhouse. Things could be different this time out, with the series shifting to the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Different or not, Jayhawks vs. Sooners tickets promise to return serious value for fans of both sides, with tickets averaging out at $226.75. That’s a steep price for your normal game, but a game of this magnitude is bound to climb, while fans hitting the cheap seats can save a bit ($137 to get in the door).
Jayhawks and Sooners tickets certainly are not cheap for this showdown, but fans looking to attend will be able to find some relatively cheap hotel rates in Oklahoma City. According to Hipmunk.com, available hotels in OKC start at just $61. That includes Airbnb options, as well as typical hotels such as the Residence Inn by Marriott in Oklahoma City. It’s a slightly cheaper rate than if the game were taking place in Lawrence, with no hotels cheaper than $100 in Lawrence and the closest rates for hotels in Kansas City at $69. You can also find Oklahoma City flights from Hipmunk from anywhere in the country with rates below $200 from certain locations.
Both Kansas and Oklahoma are coming off of big wins recently, setting up this instant classic in Norman. The big question is whether or not the Sooners can finish what they started back in early January and if it will take extra time to get the job done, just like it did over a month ago. Everyone seems to be pulling for the Sooners, who with a win on Saturday can move one step closer to ending Kansas’ reign of dominance atop the Big 12 (12 straight conference championships). Win or lose, fans from both sides will undoubtedly be getting good bang for the buck in this one and they won’t even need three overtimes to get it.