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Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/13/14

Kansas Jayhawks (11-4) at Iowa State Cyclones (14-1)

College Basketball: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Hilton Coliseum)

The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: 18th-ranked Kansas is in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 after an 86-60 drubbing of #25 Kansas State Saturday and looking more and more like a team destined for a deep postseason run. Meanwhile, #9 Iowa State fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Saturday in an 87-82 home loss to Oklahoma, which may have been compounded by the loss of one its star players.

In their first two conference matchups since the upset loss to then #21 San Diego State a week ago, the Jayhawks have looked as efficient as they have all season, shooting well over 50 percent from the field and keeping their opponents under 50. Against K-State, Kansas shot 56 percent from the floor and hit 8 of 18 from distance, while holding the Wildcats to 44 percent from the field and just 1 of 11 from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks also outrebounded K-State 33-25 and forced 10 turnovers. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins led all scorers with 22 points on 7 of 13 shooting, freshman G Wayne Selden had 20 points and freshman C Joel Embiid added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Through 15 games, Kansas is averaging 79.1 ppg for a 44th national ranking on 50 percent shooting for 7th in the country. Wiggins leads the team with 15.7 ppg and sophomore F Perry Ellis is second with 13.7 ppg.

Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/13/14

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Iowa State comes in off its first loss of the season and possibly even more damaging is the loss of senior G DeAndre Kane to an ankle injury, the extent of which is unknown at this point. Kane, who had 23 points and 9 rebounds in the game, appeared to have twisted his ankle with 22 seconds left and had to be carried off the court. The Cyclones outshot Oklahoma handily from the field 52 percent to 40 percent, but allowed the Sooners to connect on 13 of 30 from beyond the arc and finish with a 41-34 advantage on the boards. Iowa State also committed 13 turnovers. Senior F Melvin Ejim added 21 points and 6 rebounds. On the season, Iowa State ranks 6th nationally at 86.7 ppg, 25th with 40 rpg, 1st with 18.9 apg and 12th at 49 percent shooting. Ejim leads the team with 18 ppg and Kane is second with 16.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -2 for Iowa State and if Kane can’t go, the Cyclones are in trouble. Losing the only player in the country averaging 16 points, 9 boards and 4 assists will be massive against a team as loaded as Kansas. Even if Kane can go, it’s highly doubtful he’ll be at 100 percent this soon after not even being able to walk off the court. Based on that alone, the Jayhawks get the lean.

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