The 5th ranked Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 5th ranked Kansas Jayhawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 12-1 (1-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the 23rd ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 70-63, this past Wednesday. Kansas used a 15-0 1st half run to help take a 40-25 halftime lead and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 62-50 lead with just 5:26 left in regulation. Kansas shot 41.3% from the field and forced Oklahoma into committing 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Dedric Lawson who had a double-double with 13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocks, and an assist.
On the season, Kansas is averaging 80.8 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Dedric Lawson (19.1 ppg, 11.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Lagerald Vick (15.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Udoka Azubuike (13.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg), and Devon Dotson (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Iowa State Cyclones won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-2 (1-0 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 69-63, this past Wednesday. Iowa State struggled on the offensive end on the road, however, the Cyclones were able to pull away after a 12-2 run gave Iowa State a 55-48 lead with 9:33 left in regulation. Iowa State shot just 36.4% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Marial Shayok who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 82.5 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Lindell Wigginton (15.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.7 apg), Michael Jacobson (14.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and Talen Horton-Tucker (13.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 5.1 and a turnover margin of 4.1.
The Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss, however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Cyclones are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Kansas is one of the top teams in the country as they have multiple go-to players in Lawson, Vick, Azubuike, & Dotson while also ranking 53rd in scoring offense, 48th in FG%, and 48th in defensive FG%. Iowa State continues to pick up wins and although they’re not as talked about as the Jayhawks, the Cyclones also have an amazing amount of talent on their roster, especially with Lindell Wigginton recently returning. Iowa State has ben great on both sides of the ball as they rank 36th in scoring offense & 47th in scoring defense.
Hilton Coliseum is a tough place to play however, I just think this Kansas team has too much talent for the Cyclones to handle. Iowa State really hasn’t played a team with the talent level of the Jayhawks as their toughest game was a 14-point loss at Iowa and as Kansas has Udoka Azubuike is back in the lineup, I’m taking the Jayhawks and the point. Good Luck!