Kansas State vs. Iowa State - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Iowa State Cyclones (12-18) at Kansas State Wildcats (9-21)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Fred Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -4 -- Over/Under: 139.5
The Iowa State Cyclones (12-18, 5-12 Big 12) travel to Manhattan, KS to take on the Kansas State Wildcats (9-21, 2-15 Big 12) in a Big 12 clash at Bramlage Coliseum. The last time these teams played, Iowa State won 73-63 as a 4 ½-point home favorite.
Iowa State is 3-7 overall and 3-6-1 against the spread in their last 10 games. Iowa State is 0-8 straight up and 1-7 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Iowa State scores 69.8 points per game and allows 79.7 points per game to opponents, and the Cyclones have shot 42.4% from the field, 34.4% from 3 and 72.9% from the free-throw line in those games.
Iowa State has lost 4 of its last 5 games, and the Cyclones lost to West Virginia 71-77 as 5 ½-point home underdogs in their last game. Iowa State is ranked 87th by KenPom, with the 46th ranked offense and 149th ranked defense in the country. Iowa State is led by Sophomore guard Rasir Bolton, who averages 14.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, and Sophomore guard Tyrese Haliburton, who averages 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game.
Kansas State is 0-10 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games. Iowa State is 2-6 straight up and 4-4 against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, Kansas State scores 67.1 points per game surrenders 61.6 points per game to opponents, and the WIldcats have shot 43.4% from the field, 32.8% from 3 and 64.3% from the free-throw line in those games.
Kansas State has lost 10 consecutive games and 16 of its last 18, and the Wildcats were beaten by Oklahoma State 63-69 as 6 ½-point road underdogs in their last game. Kansas State is ranked 97th by KenPom, with the 173rd ranked offense and 59th ranked defense in the nation. Kansas State is led by Senior forward Xavier Sneed, who averages 13.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, and Junior guard Cartier Diarra, who averages 13.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Iowa State is 7-3 both straight up and against the spread in their last 10 games versus Kansas State, and the under is 5-3-2 during that stretch. The over is 6-3-1 in the last 10 for Iowa State and 5-4-1 in the last 10 for Kansas State.
Kansas State hasn’t won a game since January, but Iowa State isn’t much better. I’ve got to go with my rule this time of year and take home teams on Senior Day, even if that home team is laying 4 points and hasn't won a game in over a month. Give me the (gulp) Wildcats.