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Kansas State vs. Iowa State - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iowa State at Kansas State
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
Fred Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS
The Line
Kansas State Wildcats -2.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Iowa State at Kansas State
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The Iowa State Cyclones and the Kansas State Wildcats meet in Big 12 college basketball action from the Fred Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon.

The Iowa State Cyclones will look to rebound after suffering a 92-83 loss to TCU last time out. Marial Shayok led the Cyclones with 24 points along with a team-high 7 rebounds while Michael Jacobson added 16 points and Nick Weiler-Babb came right behind with 15 points along with 3 threes, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Lindell Wigginton added 10 points to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for Iowa State in the losing effort. Talen Horton-Tucker added 4 points to match his team-high 4 assists as well in defeat. Shayok leads Iowa State in scoring with 19.3 points per game while Jacobson leads the Cyclones in rebounding with 6.1 rebounds per game and Tyrese Haliburton leads Iowa State in assists with 4.1 helpers per game this season. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 79 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the field, 36% from behind the arc and 73.7% from the foul line this season.

The Kansas State Wildcats will look to stay hot after winning 4 straight and 9 of their last 10 games following a 71-64 road win over Texas in their last outing. Xavier Sneed and Barry Brown Jr. tied for the team-high with 16 points, with Sneed adding 3 threes and a team-high 8 rebounds while Brown Jr. contributed 3 steals. Dean Wade added 12 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists while Makol Mawien and Kamau Stokes each had 11 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for K-State in the win, with Mawien shooting 5 of 7 from the floor while Stokes hit 3 triples. Brown Jr. leads Kansas State in scoring with 15.4 points per game while Sneed leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Stokes leads Kansas State in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 65.9 points per game on 43.1% shooting from the field, 33.4% from behind the arc and 65.4% from the foul line this season. The Wildcats are also stout defensively, sitting 4th in the nation in terms of scoring defense, allowing just 59.5 points per game this season.

Iowa State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Kansas State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Iowa State getting points is tempting considering that the Cyclones usually bounce back from a loss pretty well. However, Kansas State is really making a name for themselves in the Big 12 this season with their defense and have had no issues with taking on above average competition and locking them down all the same. Sometimes, you just have to ride the hot hand until the bets stop cashing in so that’s exactly what I’ll do here and lay the points with Kansas State in this one.

Pick:
Kansas State -2.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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