Kansas vs. Iowa State - Big 12 Championship Final - 3/14/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa State Cyclones (24-8) at Kansas Jayhawks (26-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks will battle at the Sprint Center this Saturday night in the finals of the Big 12 Championship.
The 13th ranked Iowa State Cyclones (24-8) won another heart stopper, 67-65, against the 13th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners last night to advance to the Big 12 Championship. Iowa State is the 2nd the seed in the conference tournament as they finished the regular season with a 12-6 conference record. Iowa State shot 45.6% from the field and found a way win although being outrebounded by a 43-27 margin against the Sooners. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Georges Niang who had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Iowa State is ranked 11th in the RPI Standings and has played the 19th ranked SOS. On the season, the Cyclones have been led by Georges Niang (15.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Monte Morris (11.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.3 apg). Iowa State is averaging 79.0 ppg (ranked 11th) on 48.2% shooting (ranked 19th). The Cyclones average 8.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 35th) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.47 (ranked 8th). Defensively, Iowa State is allowing their opponents to average 69.5 ppg (ranked 258th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 121st). The Cyclones commit just 15.6 personal fouls per game (ranked 22nd) and pull down 26.58 defensive rpg (ranked 12th).
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The 9th ranked Kansas Jayhawks was able to get past the 16th ranked Baylor Bears 62-52 last night to advance to the Big 12 Championship. The Jayhawks, the 1-seed with a 13-5 conference record, was able to hold the Bears to just 32.8% shooting from the field and 18.2% (4-22) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Kansas was Wayne Selden Jr. who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists. The Jayhawks are ranked 2nd in the ROP Standings and has play the top-ranked SOS. On the season, Kansas has been led by Perry Ellis (14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg) and Frank Mason III (12.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apg). Kansas is averaging 71.7 ppg (ranked 70th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 127th). The Jayhawks are shooting 37.7% from beyond the arc (ranked 55th) and 71.8% from the free-throw line (ranked 80th). Defensively, Kansas is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg (ranked 135th) on 39.5% shooting (ranked 36th). The Jayhawks pull down 38.03 total rpg (ranked 25th) and have a rebound margin of 3.8 (ranked 62nd).
The Cyclones are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win. The Jayhawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the Big 12.
Kansas and Iowa State split their regular season series in two high scoring affairs. Kansas was able to shoot 50.8% from the field in their 89-76 victory at Kansas and Iowa State was able to shoot 45.0% (9-20) in their 86-81 victory at Iowa State. Kansas was able to get Perry Ellis back into the line-up against Baylor however, Cliff Alexander is still listed as questionable due to eligibility issues. Iowa State has won their last 4 games but have had to come back from double-digit deficits in each of those wins. Kansas has a solid team that can really lock you down on the defensive end, however, it just seems that Iowa State is meant to win the Big 12 Championship after closing out their game against Texas on a 12-0 run to win 69-67 and for the fact that Oklahoma’s Ryan Spooner missed a wide open lay-up in the closing seconds in their recent win against the Sooners. I think the Cyclones will find a way to win this game outright and take home the Big 12 Championship. Take Iowa State and the points.