College Basketball Predictions: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones
Monday, 1/13/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iowa State -2
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -1
Opening Total:  152
Current Total:  152
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas Jayhawks are playing their best basketball of the 2013-14 campaign
The Kansas Jayhawks are playing their best basketball of the 2013-14 campaign

Kansas has won back-to-back games, including an 86-60 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats as 11.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests.  The Jayhawks are averaging 79.1 points per game—leading directly to a +10.4 scoring margin.  The program leads the Big 12 Conference in shooting 50.1 percent from the field, which is important to consider when making your college basketball predictions.  Kansas is 16-7 SU and 11-11 ATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 15-5 in that situation.

The Jayhawks have four probable starters averaging in double figures, with freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 15.7 points a contest.  Kansas owns a 29-8 SU advantage over Iowa State since the inception of the Big 12, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The team has also compiled a dominating 49-16 SU record in its last 65 games when featured on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast.

Iowa State looks to bounce back following its first loss of the season, as it suffered an 87-82 setback to the Oklahoma Sooners as 4.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 170.  The Cyclones have won their last 14 games at the Hilton Coliseum following a road defeat, while it has captured six of their last seven contests versus ranked opponents at the venue.  Offensively, the team has four probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior forward Melvin Ejim leading the way at 18.0 points a contest.  Iowa State is 10-1 SU and 6-3 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record during the 2013-14 campaign.

The Cyclones have shot better than their opponents in 13 of 15 games, while they’ve gone 16-1 SU during the Fred Hoiberg era when scoring 90 or more points, including a perfect 6-0 mark this year.  Iowa State is averaging 16.9 made free throws per game, while its opponents are attempting just 16.1.

Sports bettors will likely back the Cyclones due to their 21-7 ATS mark in their last 28 home games.

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