GAME: #815 Kansas vs #816 Iowa State
TIME: 1/8/2020 – 8:00p EST
SPREAD: Kansas -5
SPORTSBOOK: 5Dimes Sportsbook
The #3 Kansas Jayhawks (11-2, 1-0) are set for a road conference Big 12 matchup against the Iowa State Cyclones (7-6, 0-1) at the James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST. The #3 Kansas Jayhawks present a tough challenge for Iowa State who has won only 1 of their 2 games against ranked opponents this season. Kansas won their last game against West Virginia by a score of 60-53 while Iowa State lost in a tough overtime loss at TCU by a score of 79-81. Last season these teams met 3 times, in conference play Iowa State won 77-60 on their home court while Kansas won 80-76 on theirs while in the Big12 tournament Iowa State won 78-66. This could be the type of fuel that will give Bill Self motivation to win this game.
The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 79 points per game on 50% field-goal shooting while shooting 35% from 3 averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game and 9.2 offensive rebounds per game. The Jayhawks are allowing only 61 points per game on defense with 37% field goal shooting while forcing 16 turnovers and adding 6.9 steals and 2.2 blocks per contest. The Jayhawks Devon Dotson is averaging 18.5 points, 4.4 assists and 2.4 steals while Udoka Azubuike has put up 13.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks.
IOWA STATE CYCLONES
The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 80 points per game on 46% field-goal shooting while adding 7.7 three-pointers per game along with 9.3 offensive rebounds. Iowa State is allowing 71 points per game on 43% field goal shooting allowing their opponents to average 8 three-pointers per game which means they are going to have trouble defending the perimeter which will allow Kansas to score inside and out once the perimeter opens up the paint. Iowa State is forcing 17 turnovers per game averaging 6.6 Steals and 2.5 blocks per contest. Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton has averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists while Rasir Bolton has put up 14.8 points. Haliburton has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Iowa State’s field goals over the last 5 games. Haliburton has accounted for 31 field goals and 26 assists in those games.
KANSAS vs IOWA STATE PREDICTION
Kansas has a tough matchup coming up against Baylor on Saturday so this is a spot they may not be prepared for this week however Bill Self is seeking some revenge against this Iowa State team that took it to him twice last year. Iowa State, on the other hand, has been waiting for this game as they will be ready to put up a fight to cover the spread. This could be a high scoring game giving the Cyclones a chance to win straight up however the Jayhawks are 10-0 when they score at least 71 points and 1-2 on the year when falling short of 71. Both Kansas and Iowa State are ranked at the top of the Big 12 when it comes to scoring. The Jayhawks are ranked 2nd in the conference with 79.5 points per game while the Cyclones are first at 80.2 per game which is why this total is a little fishy as low as it is. If Kansas limits Haliburton Iowa State will have a hard time scoring which will keep this total low.
- Under is 5-0 in Jayhawks last 5 games as a road favorite.
- Jayhawks are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games.
- Over is 4-0 in Cyclones last 4 Wednesday games.
- Under is 3-0-1 in Cyclones last 4 home games.
- Cyclones are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win.
- Cyclones are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games as a home underdog.
HEAD TO HEAD
- Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Bookie Analysis: Kansas -5 / Under 145.5
Fade the Public: no data / Under 145.5
Sharp Action: Iowa State +5 / no data
Kansas vs Iowa State Prediction Sports Betting Analysis – College Basketball