Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/10/14
Kansas Jayhawks (18-5) at Kansas State Wildcats (16-7)
College Basketball: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: 8th-ranked Kansas eyes three in a row when they visit Kansas State at the Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan Monday.
The Breakdown: The Jayhawks sit atop the Big 12 in sole possession of first place, improving to 9-1 after a decisive 83-69 victory over West Virginia Saturday. Kansas got back to its accurate ways, shooting 54.9 percent from the field to the Mountaineers’ 39.6 percent. The Jayhwaks struggled from outside the arc, connecting on 4 of 14, but still topped WVU’s 6 of 23. Kansas also finished with a 37-28 advantage on the boards and forced 24 turnovers. Freshman G Andrew Wiggins scored a team-high 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting, freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr. had 17 points, including 3 of 5 from distance, and freshman C Joel Embiid added 11 points and 12 rebounds. On the season, the Jayhawks are averaging 79.3 ppg on 50.3 percent shooting. Wiggins leads the team with 16.0 ppg, followed by sophomore F Perry Ellis at 13.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Kansas State is in 4th place in the conference at 6-4 and come in off a 74-57 upset of #15 Texas Saturday. The Wildcats shot 52.8 percent from the floor and connected on 8 of 16 from outside the arc while stifling the Longhorns to 32.7 from the field and 5 of 13 from downtown. K-State conceded a 35-29 rebounding advantage, but converted on 10 of 13 from the free throw line and forced 18 turnovers. Freshman G Marcus Foster had a career-high 34 points, including 5 of 8 from distance, and senior G Will Spradling added 9 points on 3 of 3 from three-point range. Through 23 games, the Wildcats are averaging 68.5 ppg on 43.5 percent shooting. Foster leads the team with 14.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set -3.5 for Kansas. The Jayhawks trounced K-State 86-60 about a month ago at Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats did just stuff Texas, but that’s not likely to happen here. Look for Kansas to cover.