NCAA Basketball: Kansas vs Kansas State Betting Predictions
Huge match-up tonight when two unbeaten in the Big 12 conference battle with 3rd ranked Kansas (16-1, 4-0 Big 12) traveling to take on 12th ranked Kansas State (15-2, 4-0 Big 12) in what is the biggest match-up of the night , and possibly the week. Due to Kansas being the higher ranked team and having the most success in the history of this match-up the Kansas Jayhawks are opening as small road favorites against the Kansas State Wildcats at BetDSI Sportsbook.
The Kansas Jayhawks won their fifteenth straight game Saturday in a 64-59 victory over Texas. The Jayhawks the 37th scoring team in the nation didn’t shoot even close to their average of .484 field goal percentage hitting only 39.2% of their shots. They also didn’t fare any better from downtown going just 3 of 11. However they were successful at the line going 21-25 on their free throws, and out rebounded Texas 35 to 26.
Leading the Longhorns in scoring was Guard Ben McLemore with 16 points on 6 for 10 shooting, he also nailed 2 of 3 three-point attempts, grabbed 6 rebounds, had an assist, two steals, and a block shot. Standout Center Jeff Withey shot 4 for 6 from the floor and went 6 of 9 from the foul line for 14 points to go with his usually outsanding performance against the boards and on defense which he had 9 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and a steal. The third player to score double digits for Kansas was Guard Travis Releford with 12 points on 4 for 8 shooting, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block.
The Kansas State Wildcats have ripped off an eight game winning-streak of their own beating number 8 ranked Florida Gators and 22nd ranked Oklahoma State in the process. In their last game against the Oklahoma Sooners Kansas State shot 44% from the field and a really good 41% from downtown going 10-24 from behind the arc. They were however outworked in rebounding 36 – 24 and that could be a huge problem against the Jayhawks.
Against the Longhorns Guard Rodney McGruder led the team as per usual with 20 points on 6-12 shooting and had three assists. McGruder is the only person on the Wildcats averaging double digit points per game on the season, but in this contest they had three other double digit scorers in Shane Southwell with 12, Will Spradlig 15, and Angel Rodriguez with 12.
The Kansas Jayhawks could easily be ranked first in the country and if they win this match-up they may very well end up in the number one spot. They are one and one against present ranked teams with their only loss coming in the second game of the season against Michigan State. Since then they have been on a tear and beaten 7th ranked Ohio State University while on the road.
The Kansas State Wildcats are 2-2 against present ranked teams and due to the fact the Jayhawks own the history of this match-up winning far more than the Wildcats, and especially at this venue I am going with Kansas for the victory.