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Kansas vs Iowa State Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Jayhawks vs Cyclones Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones
- Where: Ames at Hilton Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Kansas -1.5, KAN -127 | IOWAST +104 O/U 136.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs Iowa State, the Kansas Jayhawks will be taking the floor for the 23rd time this season and have an overall record of 18-4. So far, the Jayhawks have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 5-3. This season, Kansas has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 16-2. For today’s contest, Kansas has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 21.32 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 8.55 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gradey Dick, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.2% of his shots and is adding 5.18 boards per game.
So far this season, Kansas has put together a strong scoring offense at 78.6 points per game (31st). This strong figure has come despite the Jayhawks playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.5% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Kansas’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.1%
Heading into today’s matchup vs Kansas, the Iowa State Cyclones will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 15-6. Currently, the Cyclones have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 12-0. So far, the Cyclones have been the underdog 11 times, going 5-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Iowa State’s leading scorer this season is Jaren Holmes, who is averaging 13.52 points per contest. So far, Holmes has accounted for 19.09% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.38 rebounds per game and 3.38 assists. Gabe Kalscheur is the second leading scorer for the Cyclones, averaging 13.43 points per game. Between him and Kalscheur, they are accounting for 38.0% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Iowa State this season, as they are currently ranked 345th in college basketball at 66.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Cyclones’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.1%, placing them 359th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Iowa State Cyclones +1.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Kansas Jayhawks are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1.5. However, we anticipate Iowa State putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Jayhawks as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Cyclones to cover.