Kansas State vs. Iowa State
|Date & Time||Friday March 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Kansas City, Missouri
The Line: Iowa State PK -- Over/Under:
The Kansas State Wildcats and Iowa State Cyclones meet Friday in the college basketball Big 12 Tournament at the Sprint Center.
The Kansas State Wildcats look for another win after pulling away from TCU on Thursday. The Kansas State Wildcats are averaging 65.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 59.1 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Barry Brown is averaging 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while Dean Wade is averaging 12.9 points and 2.8 assists. Xavier Sneed is the third double-digit scorer and Kamau Stokes is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Kansas State Wildcats are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.2 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game. The Kansas State Wildcats have won six of their last seven non-home games.
The Iowa State Cyclones look for another victory after cruising Thursday over the Baylor Bears. The Iowa State Cyclones are averaging 77.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Marial Shayok is averaging 18.7 points and two assists while Lindell Wigginton is averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds. Talen Horton-Tucker is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Jacobson is grabbing 5.6 rebounds. The Iowa State Cyclones are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa State Cyclones are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game. The Iowa State Cyclones have split their last six non-home games.
The Cyclones are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Big 12, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Wildcats are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 vs. Big 12, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 overall. The over is 4-0 in Cyclones last 4 overall.
The away team won both meetings between Iowa State and Kansas State this season, meaning that this game being played at the Sprint Center probably doesn't mean much. Either way, I'm siding with the Kansas State Wildcats, the far and away better defensive team and has a style that usually translates to tournament success. The last thing you want to face when playing a second game in a row is a team that defends every inch and makes games ugly. While ISU is the more talented team, the Cyclones are too hit or miss for my taste. I know what I'm getting in Kansas State, and that's why I lean that direction in a pick em contest.