Kansas State vs. Kansas - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas State vs. Kansas - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas Jayhawks (25-3) at Kansas State Wildcats (9-19)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Fred Bramlage Coliseum)

The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +11.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5

TV: CBS

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats meet in Big 12 conference college hoops from the Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Kansas Jayhawks come into this game sitting in the co-driver’s seat in the Big 12 conference standings, sitting at 14-1 on the year after an 83-58 win over Oklahoma State last time out. Devon Dotson leads Kansas in scoring with 17.9 PPG while Udoka Azubuike is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 13.4 PPG and 10.4 RPG and Ochai Agbaji has 10.1 PPG this season. Marcus Garrett also has 9.4 PPG and a team-high 4.8 APG this year. As a team, Kansas is averaging 75.3 points on 48.7% shooting from the field, 35.2% from 3-point range and 67% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 60.6 points on 37.5% shooting from the field and 29.9% from 3-point range this season. Kansas is 9-1 straight up and 8-1 against the spread on the road this season.

The Kansas State Wildcats will look for a confidence win to try to get out of the basement of the Big 12, sitting in dead last at 2-13 in conference play after a 8th straight loss in the form of an 85-66 loss to Baylor last time out. Xavier Sneed leads K-State in scoring with 14 PPG as well as 4.6 RPG while Cartier Diarra is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 13.1 PPG and 4.4 APG this season. Makol Mawien leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.5 RPG this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 64.3 points on 41.3% shooting from the field, 31.9% from 3-point range and 64.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.6 points on 43.2% shooting from the field and 34% from 3-point range this season. Kansas State is 8-6 against the spread and 6-8 against the spread on the road this season.

Head-to-head, the favorite is 20-6-2 ATS in the last 28 meetings between these two teams.

I’d like to say that since this is a rivalry game you can throw trends and numbers out as these teams just want to beat the hell out of each other. However, I can’t say that when Kansas is at the top of the mountain and Kansas State is in the basement of the Big 12 standings. The fact is that Kansas is starting to get in tournament mode, winning games away from home and winning them handily as we are seeing from their 9-1 SU and 8-1 ATS mark away from home this season. I just think you have a Jayhawks team that’s firing on all cylinders against a Wildcats team that’s struggling to find offense and unlike other K-State teams, struggling to keep points off of the board, so I’ll lay the points with Kansas in a game I could see being decided by 15-20 points at least.

Chris’s Pick Kansas Jayhawks -11.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.