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Kansas vs. Kansas State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kansas State Wildcats (12-4) at Kansas Jayhawks (13-3)
Date & Time Saturday January 13, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -11.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN
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NCAA BB | Kansas State Wildcats (12-4) at Kansas Jayhawks (13-3)
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The Kansas State Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The Kansas State Wildcats look for a statement win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Kansas State Wildcats are averaging 76.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Barry Brown is averaging 16.9 points and 2.8 assists while Dean Wade is averaging 14.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. Kamau Stokes is the third double-digit scorer and Xavier Sneed is dishing 2.1 assists. The Kansas State Wildcats are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Kansas State Wildcats have won three of their last four road games.

The Kansas Jayhawks look for a victory after winning six of their last seven games. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 86.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Devonte' Graham is averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 assists while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is averaging 16.9 points and four rebounds. Lagerald Vick is the third double-digit scorer and Udoka Azubuike is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks are shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Kansas Jayhawks have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Big 12 and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss. The Wildcats are 3-13-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings in Kansas, 11-29-2 ATS in the last 42 meetings and the favorite is 29-11-2 ATS in the last 42 meetings.

I've mentioned in the past that I don't trust these Kansas Jayhawks much, as they have serious scoring droughts and can be spotty on the defensive end. Kansas was torched by Texas Tech at home, barely escaped TCU on the road and had a 40 minute battle with a slumpping Iowa State team. Kansas shouldn't be laying big numbers like this. Kansas State is a balanced basketball team that gets after it defensively and has already won in tough venues. Give me the points.

Pick:
Kansas State Wildcats +11.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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