Iowa State vs. Kansas State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State at Iowa State
Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Hilton Coliseum)
Iowa State Cyclones -10 -- Over/Under: 130
TV: ESPN 2
The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Kansas State Wildcats snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 11-4 (1-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers, 71-69, this past Wednesday. Kansas State trailed by a 36-21 at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and took the lead for good after a Barry Brown layup with 28.9 seconds left in regulation. Kansas State shot 47.2% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 17-6 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Wildcats.
On the season, Kansas State is averaging 65.6 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown Jr. (14.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.1 spg), Dean Wade (13.6 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg), Kamau Stokes (10.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg), and Xavier Sneed (10.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 59.5 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones couldn’t follow up their big victory with Kansas and dropped to 12-3 (2-1 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Baylor Bears, 73-70, this past Tuesday. Baylor led by a 38-30 margin at halftime and although Iowa State fought back late, the Bears were able to pull off the upset victory after some solid FT shooting down the stretch. Iowa State shot 50.0% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Marial Shayok who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.
On the season, Iowa State is averaging 81.3 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (20.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Michael Jacobson (13.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), Lindell Wigginton (12.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Talen Horton-Tucker (12.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.0 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 4.3.
The Wildcats are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cyclones are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Kansas State has one of the better defenses in the country as they come into this game ranked 6th in scoring defense, however, their offense can really struggle putting up points as they rank T-325th in scoring offense & 279th in FG%. Iowa State has been solid on both ends of the court this season as they rank 42nd in scoring offense & T-40th in scoring defense.
Iowa State is a talented team and the Cyclones have one of the better home court advantages in all of College Basketball as they can beat anyone when their playing at Hilton Coliseum. Kansas State is solid defensively, however, between the fact that might not have Dean Wade and that I just don’t see them being able to put up a lot offense agianst the Cyclones, I’m taking Iowa State to cover this large spread.