College Basketball Odds: Iowa State at Kansas Spread, Preview & Public Picks Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Wednesday, 23 January 2008 03:25
NCAAB Headline News

Winning Easy

During its perfect start, easy wins have become the norm for Kansas. The Jayhawks' most recent contest proved that they're also capable of winning close games when not at their best.

The second-ranked Jayhawks (18-0, 3-0 Big 12) hope to remain one of the nation's two unbeaten Division I teams when they host Iowa State (12-6, 2-1) on Wednesday night.

Oddsmakers from Bodog have made Kansas -25 point spread favorites (View College Basketball odds) for today’s game (Game Matchup). Current public betting information shows that 81% of bets for this game have been placed on Iowa State +25 (View College Basketball bet percentages).

Kansas had hardly been tested in winning its first 17 games, leading the nation in margin of victory (25.5) and taking each of its last six contests by at least 21 points.

The Jayhawks, though, faced their toughest challenge in a month at rival Missouri on Saturday. They shot a season-low 40 percent (22-for-55) from the field, but compensated by hitting a season-best 28 free throws in 45 attempts to hold off the pesky Tigers 76-70.

Brandon Rush was 2-for-14 from the floor but made three free throws in the final 64 seconds, during which the Jayhawks went 8-for-12 from the line.

"I made a big-time effort to get to the line, or stay aggressive and get easy baskets somewhere," Rush said. "Yeah, I was getting frustrated, but I was trying not to pay too much attention to it."

The Jayhawks' 18-0 record is the fifth-best start in school history, and the best since the 1996-97 team opened a school-record 22-0.

Mario Chalmers scored 18 points and Darnell Jackson had 13 and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks, who improved to 32-1 in their last 33 games despite making their final field goal with 7:30 remaining.

"I'm certainly not going to complain about the number we shot on the road," coach Bill Self said. "We made just enough to win the game, but we made it hard on ourselves down the stretch by not converting, and we've got to do better."

The tight victory helped Kansas move up one spot in the rankings after former No. 1 North Carolina lost for the first time this season. Only new No. 1 Memphis also remains undefeated.

Kansas freshman center Cole Aldrich, though, wasn't satisfied with being No. 2.

"It's nice that were moving up, but we wish we were No. 1," he said. "We will show everyone who the real No. 1 is at the end of the season. Yeah, I think we are (the best team in the country). We've had some tough wins, which really helped us build our character."

Kansas' balanced offense was on display again Saturday as four players scored in double figures.

Sophomore forward Darrell Arthur averages a team-best 13.2 points per game, followed by Chalmers (12.5), Jackson (12.3) and Rush (11.8).

Iowa State has won five of six and nine of its last 11 games, but even coach Greg McDermott knows his team faces a very difficult assignment Wednesday.

"They're as talented a team as there is in the country," he said. "For someone to beat them, they're going to have to play a perfect game, especially in Allen Fieldhouse, and hope Kansas is not at the top of their game."

The Cyclones overcame a 10-point deficit for their eighth straight home win Saturday, 73-66 over Oklahoma State. Sophomore guard Wesley Johnson scored a career-high 24 points for Iowa State, which has lost three of four road games this season.

The Cyclones have dropped six straight against ranked teams - five coming under McDermott.

Johnson leads the team in scoring (13.9) and averaged 22.0 in his last two games. However, he was limited to six points on 2-of-11 shooting the last time Iowa State faced Kansas, an 89-52 loss on Feb. 24.

Kansas has won four straight and 11 of its last 13 meetings with Iowa State. The Cyclones have one victory in their last six visits to Allen Fieldhouse, 63-61 in overtime on Feb. 19, 2005.

by: Staff Writers - Email Us

More NCAA College Basketball Coverage from theSpread.com

 - NCAA College Basketball teams
 - NCAA College Basketball standings
 - NCAA College Basketball schedule
 - NCAA College Basketball scoreboard
 - NCAA College Basketball injuries
 - NCAA College Basketball matchups
 - NCAA College Basketball stats
 - NCAA College Basketball odds
 - NCAA College Basketball public betting chart
 - NCAA College Basketball news wire
 - NCAA College Basketball top stories
 - NCAA College Basketball trends
 - AccuScore NCAA College Basketball predictions
 - Expert NCAA College Basketball picks
 - Comments and discussion
 - Signup for theSpread.com daily newsletter
 - NCAA College Basketball Home

 

NCAABB Team Pages

Top NCAABB Public Bets

View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

NCAABB Futures

NCAA BASKETBALL TEAM MENS TOURNAMENT ODDS CURRENT
KENTUCKY 4/1
ARIZONA 8/1
DUKE 10/1
WISCONSIN 12/1
KANSAS 14/1
FLORIDA 14/1
NORTH CAROLINA 16/1
VILLANOVA 25/1
LOUISVILLE 28/1
WICHITA STATE 28/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com