Jayhawks vs. Wildcats: Big 12 Conference Rivals in the Sunflower Showdown

Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats
Monday, 2/13/12, 9:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -3
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -3
Opening Total:  137
Current Total:  137
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas State Wildcats have won 11 consecutive home games in the month of February

Kansas takes a two-game winning streak to the Sunflower Showdown against the Kansas State Wildcats inside Bramlage Coliseum.  The Jayhawks scored a resounding 67-49 win over the Wildcats in this first meeting this year as 10-point home favorites, while going “under” the posted total of 139.5.  “It will be a juiced atmosphere, and it’s probably the hardest game to play in, but the most fun game at the same time,” commented Jayhawks head coach Bill Self.  Kansas is 4-2 ATS on the road this season and the “under” is 7-0 in that situation.

The Jayhawks have tallied an incredible 21-2 record inside Monday night’s venue, but were handed an 84-68 loss in their last trip as six-point road favorites on Feb. 14, 2011.  Kansas is averaging 75.2 points per game and allowing just 61.2, ranking second in the Big 12 in outscoring opponents by 14 points per game.  Junior forward Thomas Robinson is the leader offensively, averaging 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, as he’s the only player in the conference averaging a double-double.

Kansas State is scheduled to play three consecutive games against top-10 opponents, including back-to-back on the road against Baylor and Missouri.  The Wildcats will look to bounce back after suffering a 75-64 loss to the Texas Longhorns as four-point road underdogs on Saturday.  The program has definitely be on the losing end of this particular series, dropping 35 of 38 meetings during the Big 12 era.  Kansas State is 3-5 ATS at home this season and the “under” is 5-3 in those contests.

The Wildcats have been very good during the month of February under the direction of head coach Frank Martin, posting a 25-9 mark, including a 16-2 record at home.  Kansas State has won 11 consecutive games at home in the month dating back to the 2008-09 season.  Junior guard Rodney McGruder leads the starting unit in averaging 14.6 points per game, while the team has been incredibly balanced offensively, with seven players averaging six or more points on the year.  Getting to the free throw line is key for this program due to nearly 25 percent of its points coming from the charity strip.

Bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to the home team being 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings, while the Jayhawks are 0-4-1 ATS following a straight-up win.

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