Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14
Iowa State Cyclones (15-3) at Kansas Jayhawks (15-4)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
Storyline: The #6 Kansas Jayhawks look to keep surging with their 7th-straight victory when they welcome the 16th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday.
The Breakdown: Kansas sits atop the Big 12 standings in sole possession of first place with a league record of 6-0, jumping up a couple spots in the rankings this week after a 91-69 thumping of TCU Saturday. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 27 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists and freshman C Joel Embiid added 14 points and 6 boards. The Jayhawks shot a stellar 57.4 percent from the field and connected on 4 of 10 from outside the arc, while holding the Horned Frogs to 22 of 51 from the floor and also dominating the boards 40-24. Kansas led wire to wire, racing out to a 24-12 lead by the midway point of the first half and taking a 53-32 advantage into the break. The onslaught continued in the second half, where the Jayhawks led by as many as 26. On the season, Kansas is averaging 79.6 ppg on 51.0 percent shooting and Wiggins leads the team with 15.8 ppg.
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Meanwhile Iowa State is in sixth place in the conference at 3-3 and snapped a three-game skid Saturday with an 81-75 victory over then #22 Kansas State. Senior F Melvin Ejim had a game-high 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while sophomore F Georges Niang added 18 points, including 4 of 6 from downtown. The Cyclones shot 48.1 percent from the field and hit 9 of 18 from distance to the Wildcats’ 42.2 percent from the floor and 9 of 22 from outside the arc. Iowa State was ahead 46-34 at the break and Kansas State stormed back behind a 16-4 run to tie it at 50 at the 12:57 mark. The Cyclones responded with a 14-3 run to go ahead for good with just over seven minutes remaining. Through 18 games, Iowa State is averaging 84.8 pg on 47.7 percent shooting and Ejim leads the team with 17.9 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: Kansas is currently an 8-point home favorite in this one and Iowa State would probably be on a safer comeback trail if they didn’t have to face a soaring Kansas team right now. The Jayhawks beat the Cyclones by 7 in their own backyard and now they go to Allen Fieldhouse. Look for Kansas to cover.