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Kansas vs Kansas State Pick & Preview: Tuesday, January 17th Betting Odds
Jayhawks vs Wildcats Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats
- Where: Manhattan at Bramlage Coliseum
- Date: Tuesday, January 17th
- Betting Odds: Kansas -2, KAN -134 | KANST +111 O/U 147.5
The Kansas Jayhawks will be looking to pick up their 18th win of the season and are in the middle of a 10 game win streak. On the road, the Jayhawks will be playing their 5th game of the season, having gone 4-1. So far, the Jayhawks have been favored 15 times, going 15-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Kansas as -2 point favorites.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 19.76 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 8.88 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 14.65 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.7% of his shots and is adding 5.24 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 Kansas State Wildcats will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 15-2. So far this season, Kansas State has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-0. For the season, Kansas State has been the underdog in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Wildcats being +2 point underdogs.
Keyontae Johnson comes into today’s game as the Wildcats’ leading scorer at 18.35 points per contest. Not only has Johnson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas State’s top rebounder at 7.12 boards per contest. Behind Johnson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Markquis Nowell, who is second on the team in scoring at 17.12 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.7% of his shots and is adding 2.94 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Kansas State this season, as they are currently ranked 266th in college basketball at 69.0 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 Wildcats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.6%, placing them 206th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Kansas State Wildcats +2
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Kansas as the favorites with a line coming in at -2. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Kansas State Wildcats to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Kansas at 7.15 made 3’s per game compared to Kansas State at 8.42. Look for Kansas State to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Jayhawks.