College Basketball Predictions: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Wednesday, 1/29/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -8
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -9
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Kansas Jayhawks are the only team in the Big 12 with an undefeated league record
The Kansas Jayhawks are the only team in the Big 12 with an undefeated league record

Iowa State snapped a three-game losing streak last Saturday, as it picked up a 81-75 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats as 9.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Cyclones are one of just four schools nationally with three players averaging 15-plus points, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Melvin Ejim leads all Big 12 Conference players in averaging 17.9 points a contest.  Iowa State is 2-5 SU and 4-3 ATS as road underdogs of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Cyclones lead the league in scoring 84.8 points a game, which has been helped by posting a 1.75 assist-to-turnover ratio as a team.  Iowa State is 11-0 SU when leading at the break during the 2013-14 campaign, while it has won four of five meetings against top-25 foes.  The program is 59-175 SU all-time in this series, including a 15-89 mark when playing in Lawrence.  Senior guard DeAndre Kane figures to be an important player to handicap in this matchup, as he’s the only player nationally averaging at least 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

Kansas is shooting 54.9 percent over the course of its six-game winning streak, which includes a 91-69 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs as 14.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.  The Jayhawks have out-rebounded 16 of 19 opponents this season, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Offensively, the team has three starters averaging in double figures, with true freshman guard Andrew Wiggins scoring 15.8 points a contest.  Kansas is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Jayhawks have won 17 of their last 18 meetings in this series, including the last four.  Kansas has compiled a dominating 169-9 SU record at Allen Fieldhouse under longtime head coach Bill Self.  It’s important to point out that the squad has won 12 of 13 games when shooting 50 percent or better from the field—eclipsing that mark in five of its first six conference games.

Sports bettors will likely back the Jayhawks due to their 14-2-1 ATS mark in their last 17 conference affairs.

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