Kansas vs. Kansas State Pick
Can No. 3 Kansas bounce back from its loss at home this weekend when it hits the road to face rival Kansas State today at 9PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kansas is only a slight favorite on the road, as the Jayhawks are getting odds of -3.5 points against the Wildcats. The over/under total for the game is listed at 146.5 points. Kansas has won four straight over Kansas State, including a 90-88 win at home back on Jan. 3.
Kansas is continuing its struggles of covering the spread following a 92-89 OT loss at home to Iowa State. While the Jayhawks are 20-3 overall and 8-2 in the Big 12, they are just 7-14 against the spread on the season. Kansas is putting up 84 points per game on offense this season while allowing 71.9 points per game on defense. Frank Mason III is averaging 20.4 points and 5.2 assists per game to lead the team while Josh Jackson is adding 16 points and 7 rebounds per contest.
Kansas State is coming off a big 56-54 win at Baylor on Saturday to move to 16-7 on the season and 5-5 in the Big 12. The Wildcats are 10-8-1 against the spread on the season but only 3-4-1 ATS at home. K-State averages 74.4 points per game on offense this season while allowing just 65.4 on defense. Barry Brown, Wesley Iwundu, Kamau Stokes and D.J. Johnson each average 12 points per game to lead the team this season.
Kansas is a team that plays to the level of its competition and that is why it got burned by Iowa State this weekend. However, the Jayhawks are clearly more talented than Kansas State. After its last loss to West Virginia, Kansas answered with a 6-point win at Kentucky. I expect the Jayhawks to respond in a similar way today. Kansas State hasn’t played that well at home and is only getting a few points. Take a chance on Kansas on the road.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KANSAS -3.5