Wildcats vs. Cyclones Prediction
The outstanding defense of the Kansas State Wildcats will be tested this afternoon as they travel to play the 20th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones. Will defense win out today and keep the total under its projection?
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Hilton Coliseum at 12PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Cyclones are a 10.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 131.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 52 percent of public bets are being placed on host Iowa State. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Wildcats snap two-game skid
Kansas State rallied back from a 21-point deficit Wednesday night as Barry Brown Jr. hit the go-ahead layup with 28.9 seconds left in a 71-69 home win over West Virginia. The Wildcats (11-4, 1-2 Big 12) trailed 36-21 at halftime before mounting the huge comeback after the break. Kansas State shot 25-of-53 from the floor, 9-of-23 from 3-point range and 12-of-19 at the free throw line. Brown Jr. led the way with 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting including 1-of-4 from 3-point range plus 10-of-12 at the free throw line. He also racked up six steals. Mike McGuirl registered 18 points off the bench plus three rebounds. Kamau Stokes had 12 points, six assists and three steals. Xavier Sneed added 10 points, six caroms and five assists.
Cyclones upset at Bears
Iowa State had a letdown following its previous win over Kansas as it fell 73-70 Tuesday night at Baylor. The Cyclones (12-3, 2-1) trailed 38-30 at halftime and were unable to recover. Iowa State shot 28-of-56 from the floor, 7-of-18 from 3-point distance and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Marial Shayok paced ISU with 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting including 1-of-2 from 3-point range. He also had four rebounds and three assists. Michael Jacobson contributed 11 points and three rebounds. Lindell Wigginton added 11 points, three boards and two assists off the bench.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Wildcats are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall. The under is 4-1 in the last five KSU games on Saturdays.
The Cyclones are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven home games. The under is 12-5 in the last 17 ISU games overall.
Kansas State is 200th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency and ninth in defensive efficiency, while playing at pace slow enough it is outside the top 100. Iowa State has a very good offense (16th), but its defense isn't far behind at 25th nationally. The Cyclones also play at a slower than average tempo. This seems like a good recipe for the under.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: KANSAS STATE WILDCATS/IOWA STATE CYCLONES UNDER 131.5