NCAA Basketball Odds and Predictions: Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas State Wildcats

Iowa State Cyclones at No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats
Saturday, 2/9/13, 6:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN2
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas State -5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas State -5.5
Opening Total:  138
Current Total:  139
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas State Wildcats will try to snap a three-game losing streak to the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday
The Kansas State Wildcats will try to snap a three-game losing streak to the Iowa State Cyclones Saturday

Iowa State has won and covered the spread in back-to-back games, including an 83-64 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners as 5.5-point home favorites, while going OVER the total in its last four contests.  The Cyclones have won three-straight games versus the Wildcats for the first time since 2000-01, which is why the coaching staff is worried about facing an angry foe.  “This is going to be a very difficult game for us,” commented Cyclones head coach Fred Hoiberg.  Iowa State is 30-14 ATS versus Big 12 Conference opponents the last two-plus seasons, which is a key betting trend to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page.

The Cyclones lead the conference and rank sixth nationally in averaging 9.1 3-point makes per game, while knocking down 10 or more 11 times this season.  Iowa State also leads the Big 12 in averaging 78.7 points per game—reaching 80 12 times during the 2012-13 campaign.  The program has also demonstrated the ability to get after it on the glass, as it ranks 16th nationally in grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game.

Kansas State returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum, as it looks to build on its three-game win streak, including a 68-59 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders as 11-point road favorites.  The Wildcats have really dialed up the pressure on the defensive end, allowing a conference-low 57.8 points per game.  The program is 78-25 all-time against Iowa State when playing at home, including a 17-7 mark at this venue.  Kansas State is 4-6 ATS when revenging a road loss versus an opponent the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats are led offensively by the play of senior Rodney McGruder, who is averaging 14.6 points per game, while landing in the starting lineup in 89 consecutive contests.  Kansas State is one of the more balanced teams in the country, with six players averaging five or more points, while its four-guard lineup is averaging 66.6 points since coach Bruce Weber made the change 13 games ago.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 5-2 in the last seven meetings in this series.

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