Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks - 2/23/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (22-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (13-15)
College Basketball: Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Instate and conference rivals the Kansas State Wildcats and the #8 Kansas Jayhawks meet at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Kansas Jayhawks have their sights set on another conference title and a top seed in the NCAA Tournament but they need a strong finish to the regular season to secure both. The Jayhawks bounced back from a loss to West Virginia to down Texas Christian 81-72 on Saturday behind a strong showing from the offense. KU was on fire at 58% from the field while the Horned Frogs connected at less then 41% which accounted for a difference of four baskets. Perry Ellis poured in a game high 23 points and snared seven boards on 9-10 from the floor with Devonte Graham netting 20 points on 7-7. Frank Mason added 14 points and five helpers while Brannen Greene and Jamari Taylor combined for 17 points with Greene posting six boards.
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At 13-15 the Kansas State Wildcats are not going to suddenly get hot and steal the show in the Big 12 but I think they can get an invitation to a minor tournament if they can push their record to at least .500 because of a very strong strength of schedule. That's easier said then done after Saturday's 69-42 loss at Baylor forces the Wildcats to sweep the final three games. The Bears jumped on the visitors for an early 14 point lead and never let up with 49% marksmanship including an 8-16 mark on threes and a +13 on the backboards doing plenty of damage. KSU was limited to 38% accuracy with a 1-16 from long range sealing their fate. Baylor had five players score in double figures while Thomas Gipson did the honors for Kansas State with eleven points and six pulls followed by Marcus Foster and Justin Edwards with 15 points.
The Jayhawks are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss while going 29-14-2 ATS in their last 45 vs. Big 12. The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points and 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. Kansas State are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12. I'm sure we'll get the best each team has to offer here but I'll take the Jayhawks who are the best...