Kansas St. vs. Kansas Pick
No. 3 Kansas hosts one of its rivals in Kansas State tonight at 9PM ET. Will the Jayhawks roll to another big win?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kansas is favored to win today, as the Jayhawks are getting odds of -13 points against Kansas State. The over/under total for the game is listed at 143 points. Kansas has won and covered the spread in three straight against Kansas State. The Jayhawks are 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four against KSU as a double-digit favorite.
Kansas State actually comes in pretty hot. The Wildcats have won their last seven games, including a 65-62 win over Texas in its Big 12 opener. K-State is now 12-1 on the year and 5-4 against the spread. Kansas State is averaging 75.5 points per game on offense this season while holding opponents to 68.5 points per game. Barry Brown is the leading scorer for K-State, averaging 12.1 points per contest. Wesley Iwundu and DJ Johnson are each just under 12 points per game as well.
Kansas has won 12 straight since losing to Indiana to open the season. Their latest win was 86-80 at TCU to open up Big 12 play. The Jayhawks are just 4-7 against the spread on the season and they are 1-4 ATS in their last five games. Kansas is putting up an impressive 86.5 points per game this year on offense while giving up 68.5 points per game. Frank Mason III is averaging 19.8 points and 5.9 assists per game to lead the Jayhawks while Josh Jackson is averaging 14.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
Both teams come in on hot streaks, but I feel Kansas hasn’t been tested too much since the early games of the season. Now they face a rival and are giving them 13 points. While Kansas State doesn’t have the same talent, they should come in with confidence given their win streak. The Wildcats won’t be intimidated and should be able to compete enough to cover.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KANSAS STATE +13