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Kansas vs. Iowa State - 3/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iowa State at Kansas
Date & Time Saturday March 16, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)
Sprint Center
Kansas City, MO
The Line
Kansas Jayhawks -1 -- Over/Under: 149
TV Channel
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The Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks will square off at the Sprint Center this Saturday night in the Finals of the Big 12 Championship.

The 5-seed Iowa State Cyclones (22-11; 9-9) will be looking to win their 2nd Big-12 Championship over their last three season as the Cyclones were able to advance to the finals after defeating the top-seed Kansas Jayhawks, 63-59, on Friday night. Iowa State led by a 35-25 margin at halftime, however, needed a 9-0 run late in the game after trailing by a 55-50 margin with 2:50 left in regulation to secure their trip to the finals. Iowa State held Kansas State to shoot 34.9% from the field & 29.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Marial Shayok who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Coming into their match-up agianst Kansas State, Iowa State was averaging 77.7 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Cyclones were averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (18.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), Lindell Wigginton (13.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg), and Nick Babb (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Iowa State was allowing their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Cyclones had a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 2.1.

The 3-seed Kansas Jayhawks couldn’t keep their regular season Big-12 championship streak alive, however, the Jayhawks can still win back-to-back Big 12 Championships after defeating the 10-seed West Virginia Mountaineers, 88-74, on Friday night. Kansas used a late surge in the 1st half to take a 48-40 halftime lead and pulled away early in the 2nd half after taking a 64-46 lead with 14:31 left in regulation. Kansas shot 52.4% from the field and outrebounded West Virginia by a 43-33 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Dedric Lawson who had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.

Coming into their game against West Virginia, Kansas was averaging 75.6 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks were averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Dedric Lawson (19.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg), Devon Dotson (11.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg), Ochai Agbaji (8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Marcus Garrett (7.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, Kansas was allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks had a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 0.1.

Iowa State and Kansas split their regular season series as the Cyclones won by a 77-60 margin at home in early January, while the Jayhawks won by an 80-76 margin at home in late January.

The Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win. The Jayhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Iowa State seems to have rebounded from a tough ending of their regular season with solid wins against both Baylor & Kansas State in the Big-12 Men’s Tournament. The Cyclones at times can be inconsistent, especially on the defense end, however, there is no denying the overall talent Iowa State brings to the court. Kansas has had to overcome many challenges this season, however, this is still a team with a bunch of talent who comes into this game winning 5 of their last 6 games and also has been solid on both ends of the court as the Jayhawks rank 98th in scoring offense, 62nd in FG%, and 32nd in defensive FG%. This should be a solid game, however, Kansas has seemed to have found their stride and I think they’ll be able to do enough to win the Big 12 Championship and cover this small spread. Good Luck!

Kansas Jayhawks -1

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