After West Virginia decided not to play enough defense on Saturday, we’re heading back to the Big 12. This time, we’ll see if the No. 3 team in the country, Kansas, can come through against Iowa State. The Jayhawks haven’t lost since Jan. 11 falling to No. 1 Baylor, our nemesis on Saturday. Will the Jayhawks disappoint us like the Bears? Not against these Cyclones.
Game: Iowa State Cyclones (11-14, 12-13 ATS) at No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (22-3, 15-10 ATS)
When: 9:00 PM ET, Monday, February 17, 2020
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
Current Line: KAN -16 Total: 144.5
TV Coverage: ESPN
Iowa State is not enjoying a spectacular season, but they did play their best game in a few months on Saturday.
Michael Jacobson, a 6-foot-9-inch senior, had 21 points and 13 rebounds as the Cyclones beat a shorthanded Texas squad 81-52. Prentiss Nixon and Solomon Young each added 17 points. Iowa State has now won two of its last three games.
Prior to their little 2-for-3 run, the Cyclones were more like a soft spring rain, losing four straight and winning only two of the previous eleven games. One of those losses was to Kansas back on January 8. The Cyclones played the Jayhawks at home, shot 34.5 percent from the floor and got smoked 79-53. Kansas was a 5.5-point favorite and covered easily.
Kansas vs. Iowa State Men's Basketball Highlights | Jan. 9, 2020
Kansas has done pretty well against the Cyclones historically, owning a 183-66 advantage all-time. In games played in Lawrence, the Jayhawks are 94-16 and head coach Bill Self’s team has won 13 of the last 14 over Iowa State in games at Allen Fieldhouse.
Covering a Large Spread
The question Monday isn’t whether Kansas will beat Iowa State; it’s simply a matter of by how much.
The Jayhawks have a monster game this coming Saturday against the top-ranked Bears. The winner will likely win the Big 12 regular season title (or least a share of it). Will Kansas be looking ahead?
It didn’t appear that the Jayhawks were looking any further than their opponent last Saturday when they took care of Oklahoma 87-70. Junior Marcus Garrett erupted for a career-high 24 points. Garrett hit six 3-pointers after having made exactly zero in his previous eight games.
Devon Dotson continues to lead the Big 12 in scoring with 18 points a game. Dotson scored 19 in the win over the Sooners on Saturday. Udoka Azubuike, the big 7-footer, continues to lead the conference in rebounding with 9.9 a game. He had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the Oklahoma win.
The Jayhawks are extremely talented and are headed to a No. 1 seed in the upcoming March Madness.
In their last ten games, Kansas has, of course, won them all, but they are also 7-3 ATS. That includes ATS victories in the last three straight games. They covered on Saturday against Oklahoma as 11.5-point favorites.
Kansas is 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against Big 12 opponents and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games played in the month of February. Yes, it’s a big spread to cover and sure, the Jayhawks could be looking ahead to Saturday. Self won’t allow that as Kansas continues to roll.
Today’s NCAAB Free Pick Against the Spread: Kansas -16
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