NCAA Basketball Picks: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats

No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks at No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats
Tuesday, 1/22/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPN3
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -3
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -3
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Kansas State Wildcats are perfect at home during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season
The Kansas State Wildcats are perfect at home during the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season

Kansas owns the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games, as it comes off a 64-59 victory over the Texas Longhorns as eight-point road favorites, while going UNDER the total for a third consecutive contest.  “It was tough, but we have a pretty mature team that continues to grind through,” stated Jayhawks center Jeff Withey.  The Jayhawks have struggled a bit on the offensive end the last three games, averaging just below 62 points in that span.  Kansas 1-4 ATS in its last five Big 12 Conference games, something to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread Tuesday.

The Jayhawks will be playing a ranked team for the third time this year, splitting the first two meetings against Michigan State and Ohio State.  Kansas has compiled a dominating 22-2 record on the road in this series when visiting Bramlage Coliseum, which is important to note when looking over the college basketball betting odds.  The program leads the Big 12 in outscoring opponents by 16.7 points per game this season, while outshooting all but two opponents thus far during the 2012-13 campaign.

Kansas State has won eight games in a row, including a 69-60 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners as seven-point home favorites, while going OVER the total in its last four opportunities.  The Wildcats certainly get after it on the defensive end, as they’ve held four of their last six opponents to 60 or fewer points, but the OVER is 4-1 in their last five home games in this particular series.  Kansas State is 3-0-1 ATS in its last four conference affairs.

The Wildcats are 10-0 at home this season, as they lead the conference in turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio.  Kansas State also ranks second in the league in allowing just 57.3 points per game, while limiting opponents to 27.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc.  The program has 11 players that average 11-plus minutes per game, with senior guard Rodney McGruder being the leader, averaging 15.5 points per game.

Sports bettors will likely back the Wildcats due to the home team covering six of the last seven meetings.

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