Kansas vs. Iowa State Prediction

Kansas vs. Iowa State Picks: Will home dog Cyclones cover? 1/16/17

Iowa State is a home underdog tonight against Kansas in Big 12 play. Are the Cyclones a good bet to cover when the teams tip-off at 9:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cyclones are 2.5-point home underdogs versus the Jayhawks while the over/under currently sits at 154 points. While the total hasn't moved off the original 154 total, the spread has dropped from Iowa State +3 down to +2.5.

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Frank Mason III scored 22 points while freshma Josh Jackson added 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Jayhawks held off Oklahoma State 87-70 on Saturday. With their win over the Cowboys, the Jayhawks extended their home win streak to 52 games, which according to ESPN Stats and Information is the longest current run in men's Division I basketball. Kansas is also on a 16-game win streak, which is tied with Gonzaga for the longest currently in Division I men's basketball.

The Cyclones are coming off an 84-77 loss to TCU. That said, Iowa State guard Monte Morris put together another strong effort, putting together a fourth-consecutive performance with at least 20 points and no turnovers. According to ESPN Stats and Information, that's tied for the most such games among major conference plays this season. Justin Jackson of North Carolina also has four such games.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Jayhawks are just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the Cyclones and have struggled to cover in conference play, going 1-4 against the number in their last five Big 12 matchups. They're also 1-5 at the betting window in their last six games overall, are 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as a favorite, and are 1-4 ATS in their last five games as a road favorite. On the other side, the Cyclones are 4-1 at the betting window in their last five games as an underdog and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games when playing an opponent with a winning record.

 

MONDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREDICTION: IOWA STATE CYCLONES +2.5

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