Kansas vs. Iowa State - 2/17/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction

Kansas vs. Iowa State - 2/17/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds & Prediction Photo by Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks

Monday, February 17, 2020 at 9:00 PM (Allen Fieldhouse)

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The Iowa State Cyclones and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in college basketball action from Allen Fieldhouse on Monday night.

The Iowa State Cyclones will look to leapfrog Texas in the Big 12 standings after pulling even with the Longhorns after an 81-52 beatdown win for the Cyclones last time out. Rasir Bolton leads the Cyclones with 14.7 points per game as the only active double-digit scorer for Iowa State with Tyrese Haliburton missing the rest of the season due to injury. As a team, Iowa State is averaging 73.8 points on 44.5% shooting from the field, 31.9% from behind the arc and 74.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.9 points on 44.1% shooting from the field and 35.9% from 3-point range. Iowa State is 0-8 straight up and 2-6 against the spread on the road this season.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to add to their current ten-game winning streak after an 87-70 win over Oklahoma last time out. Devon Dotson leads KU in scoring with 18 points per game while Udoka Azubuike is 2nd in scoring with 12.8 points and a team-high 9.9 rebounds per game. Ochai Agbaji is 3rd in scoring with 10.2 points per game to round out the double-digit scoring for Kansas this season. Marcus Garrett is adding 9.8 points and a team-high 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 74.8 points on 48.5% shooting from the field, 35% from behind the arc and 66.4% from the foul line while allowing opposition to average 60.2 points on 37.2% shooting from the field and 29.1% from the 3-point line. Kansas is 11-1 straight up and 5-7 against the spread at home this season.

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Head to head, the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

The boatload of points with Iowa State is tempting given how well the Cyclones played against Texas without Haliburton, but going from playing a disappointing Texas team to a Kansas team that is one of the top teams in the country is on the complete other end of the spectrum and I just don’t see it being pretty. Kansas has held opposing teams to 59.6 points per game across their last five games and I could easily see this being a 20+ point Kansas win, so I’ll lay the points with the Jayhawks here.

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Chris’s Pick Kansas -16

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