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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

Kansas State Wildcats (12-3) at Kansas Jayhawks (10-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Storyline: 25th-ranked Kansas State looks to topple #18 Kansas for its 11th straight victory and third straight conference win when the two collide at Allen Fieldhouse Saturday.

The Breakdown: It’s only been a week since the Wildcats shocked the college hoops world with their 74-71 upset of then #6 Oklahoma State, but in that little bit of time they’ve gone from pretender to Big 12 contender and a win here over a shaky Kansas side could propel them to even greater heights. K-State swallowed TCU up whole 65-47 in their last outing Tuesday behind stifling defense that held the Horned Frogs to 34 percent shooting and 2 of 16 from beyond the arc, while themselves shooting 52 percent from the field and 7 of 15 from distance. The Wildcats also dominated the boards, outrebounding TCU 37-21. Junior Thomas Gipson had a game-high 19 points and 8 rebounds on 7 of 10 shooting and freshman G Marcus Foster added 16 points, including going 4 of 6 from distance. Through 15 games, K-State is averaging 67.7 ppg on 41 percent shooting and Foster leads the team with 14.1 ppg on 39 percent shooting.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/11/14

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Meanwhile, Kansas still has many wondering whether they’re really in trouble this early in the season. Winning their Big 12 opener 90-83 over Oklahoma Wednesday may have quelled some doubt, but the notion that the Jayhawks could find themselves out of the Big 12 race before it even begins hasn’t been entirely wiped away. With Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Baylor looming, this is a must-win situation and it could provide some much-needed confidence heading into the loaded conference slate. The Jayhawks did put up some solid numbers against Oklahoma, shooting 54 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, while holding the Sooners to 45 percent from the floor and 6 of 19 from distance. Kansas also grabbed 36 boards to OU’s 22. Freshman G Wayne Selden was the high man with 24 points, while sophomore F Perry Ellis added 22 points and 11 rebounds. On the season, the Jayhwaks are averaging 78.6 ppg on 49 percent shooting and freshman G Andrew Wiggins leads the team in scoring with 15.3 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -11 for Kansas and although this looks to be a Jayhawk victory, that’s too much to lay down here when Kansas still seems to have some kinks to work out. The numbers just don’t add up for K-State, though. 67 points a game just won’t do it against teams like Iowa State, Baylor and Ok State, who all average well over 80 a game. And Kansas is hovering right around 80. The Wildcats won’t take it straight up, but the points look like the play right now.

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