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Iowa State (+16) vs #3 Kansas – 9:00 PM
The Iowa State Cyclones (11-14) take on the Kansas Jayhawks (22-3) tonight in a Big 12 clash. The Cyclones had lost five of six games before taking down Texas 81-52 on Saturday. The Jayhawks have now won their last 10 games after defeating Oklahoma 87-70.
Iowa State has had a rough season but their offense hasn’t been the issue. The Cyclones are scoring a respectable 73.8 points per game (111th). They are a very good free-throw shooting team (61st), a decent team shooting from the field (136th) but a bad team shooting from behind the arc (262nd). For Iowa State, their biggest issue is their defense. The Cyclones are allowing 71.9 points per game (255th). They struggle defending from the field (238th) and from deep (312th).
The Kansas offense is just slightly better than the Iowa State offense in terms of points per game (74.8). However, the Jayhawks are 10th in the country in FG% and 96th in three-point percentage. The Jayhawks have struggled from the line this season as they rank just 300th in FT%. The biggest difference between these two teams is on the defensive end as Kansas is allowing the eighth-fewest points per game in the country. Kansas defends well from everywhere on the court, allowing the fifth-lowest opponents FG% and 17th-lowest opponent 3PT%.
These two teams met back on January 8th with the Jayhawks blowing the Cyclones out 79-53 in Ames. In that game, the Jayhawks shot above 50% from both the field and from three. They also had nearly twice as many free-throw attempts as Iowa State. It is hard to imagine the Jayhawks shooting that well again. It might come down to the Jayhawks three-point percentage in this game but I don’t think they can hit enough threes tonight to get the cover. As long as the Cyclones can manage to not allow twice as many free-throw attempts again and keep Kansas from hitting such a high three-point percentage, they should be able to get a cover in this game. The Iowa State offense is capable of putting up numbers so in a spread this high, I will take my chances that Kansas doesn’t have another shooting clinic tonight. The formula has Kansas winning 76-66 with Iowa State getting the cover.