Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones Big 12 Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/14/14
Iowa State Cyclones (24-7) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (24-8)
College Basketball: Friday March 14, 2014 7 PM EST
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks and the Iowa State Cyclones face off on Friday in Kansas City in a Big 12 Tournament Semifinal matchup.
The Kansas Jayhawks didn’t seem surprised to find themselves in a battle on Thursday with Oklahoma State and while it took them overtime to get it done they got the win to advance to this game. Kansas is 15-4 in Big 12 games, 5-1 in neutral site games, and they are ranked 10th in the nation. Andrew Wiggins leads the Jayhawks averaging 16.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Perry Ellis is averaging 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, Wayne Selden Jr. is averaging 10.1 points, and Naadir Tharpe is averaging 8.9 points and 5.0 assists. Kansas is averaging 79.6 points and they are shooting 49.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.7 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Kansas continues to play without Joel Embrid who won’t be available this week.
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The Iowa State Cyclones found themselves in a war with Kansas State on Thursday but they pulled through and advanced to this game. Iowa State is 12-7 in Big 12 play and 5-0 in neutral site games this season. Melvin Ejim leads the Cyclones averaging 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. DeAndre Kane is averaging 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.8 assists, Georges Niang is averaging 16.3 points, and Dustin Hogue is averaging 10.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. Iowa State is averaging 82.8 points and they are shooting 46.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 73.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Iowa State lost by 11 to Kansas in the last meeting of these two back on January 29th.
Kansas is 21-8-1 against the spread in their last 30 Big 12 games, 1-5 against the spread following a win, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Iowa State is 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread. Kansas has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.
Kansas may not be at full strength but they are good enough here.
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