A top 25 matchup is in store in the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday when the #10 Kansas Jayhawks (17-3, 6-1 Big 12) battle the #20 Iowa State Cyclones (16-5, 3-5 Big 12) on Tuesday. The Jayhawks look to rebound after suffering a non-conference loss to Kentucky over the weekend, while the Cyclones look to notch their third win in a row. Kansas narrowly escaped Iowa State earlier this year, beating the Cyclones 67-66 at home.
Tuesday night’s tipoff is at 7 p.m. EST inside James H. Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. Kansas is a 4.5-point betting favorite, and the over-under total is currently at 138.5 points.
What to Know – Kansas Jayhawks
The Jayhawks had won five in a row before Saturday’s loss at home to the Wildcats. Kansas is tied with Baylor atop the Big 12 standings as we turn over to the page over to February. The Jayhawks’ ranked 11th in the KenPom and 9th in the NCAA NET rankings.
Kansas averages 80.6 points per game offensively behind 48.9 percent shooting from the field and 36.4 percent shooting beyond the arc. The Jayhawks’ defense limits opponents to 68.6 points, 42.9 percent shooting from the floor, and 31.4 percent shooting from the 3-point line.
Saturday’s 80-62 defeat at home to the Wildcats handed Kansas their first home loss of the season. Kansas was manhandled on the glass, outrebounded 41-29 by Kentucky. Ochai Agbaji and Christian Braun led the Jayhawks in scoring with 13 points apiece.
The Jayhawks are 8-12 against the spread with a 2-3 record ATS on the road. Kansas is 1-6 ATS over its last seven games but 4-1 ATS over its previous five against Iowa State.
What to Know – Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones aim to claw their way back in the conference standings, and it starts Tuesday night against the Jayhawks. Iowa State is in sixth place in the Big 12, 3.5 games back of the top teams in the league. ISU sits in 24th in the KenPom and 25th in the NET rankings.
Iowa State scores 69.6 points per game, shooting 44.9 percent from the floor and 33.0 percent from three. On defense, the Cyclones surrender 60.5 points per game, 41.2 percent shooting from the floor, and 27.2 percent shooting from the 3-point line.
On Saturday, the Cyclones stepped away from conference play and handed the Missouri Tigers a 67-50 loss. Iowa State shot 45.3 percent from the field and forced 18 turnovers defensively. Izaiah Brockington poured in a game-high 15 points for Cyclones.
Iowa State owns a 13-8 record ATS and 8-6 ATS on their home hardwood. The Cyclones are 4-2 ATS over their recent six contests.
The Pick is In
Kansas has struggled against the spread this season, but the Jayhawks have to be coming in hot after getting beat at home over the weekend. Look for Kansas to take out their frustration on the Cyclones and sweep the season series against its conference foe.
Betting Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -4.5