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College Basketball Betting – Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks

Written by:
Phil Simon
Published on:
Feb/17/2020

Following their thorough pounding of Oklahoma on Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks remain a game behind No. 1 ranked Baylor in the Big 12 standings. And with a game against the Bears coming up, KU is in a prime spot for a letdown for Monday night’s contest against the 11-14 Iowa State Cyclones. Kansas easily won the first meeting between the teams by 26 points and is currently on a 10-game winning streak. ISU won the last time out for its second victory in three games following a four-game losing skid. The series is split evenly over the last 14 encounters, but Kansas appears to have a big advantage this season.  CLAIM YOUR WELCOME BONUS HERE - MAXIMUM $1000

Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks

Date and Time: Monday, February 17, 2020, 9 p.m. ET

Location: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS

Opening College Basketball Odds: Kansas -16, O/U 144.5

Iowa State at Kansas TV Coverage: ESPN

Odds Analysis

Given the direction of both teams the line is the highest it’s been in the last six meetings. Iowa State is the only Big 12 team yet to win a road game going 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS. Prior to beating Texas on Saturday, the Cyclones fell to Oklahoma by 29 points, the same OU squad that Kansas manhandled the other day. Granted, that doesn’t mean a thing come Monday, but the Jayhawks are the superior team. Over their last 14 games ISU is 4-10 SU and 6-8 ATS. Kansas enters on a 10-game winning streak going 7-3 ATS in that stretch. The Jayhawks are 12-1 at the Phog with their only loss to Baylor on Jan. 11.

Iowa State Cyclones

If the season couldn’t get any worse for the Cyclones they’ll have to navigate the remainder of the schedule without their best player when it was discovered that Tyrese Haliburton sustained a fractured left wrist. Many believe Haliburton is a first-round pick in this year’s NBA draft, and he has the numbers to back it up. The sophomore was averaging 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game, all team highs.

In their first game without their star guard the Cyclones looked lost, shooting just 34.5 percent in the second half and 42 percent overall while hitting 9 of 25 three-pointers in a 90-61 loss to Oklahoma. With Haliburton done others need to step up and a trio of seniors produced in a big way to take down Texas, 81-52, on Saturday. Michael Jacobsen had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Solomon Young and Prentiss Nixon each had 17 in the win. The three more than doubled their combined scoring average of 25 points.

Good things happened for ISU in that win. They handled a slumping Longhorns club that was playing without two starters showing no mercy. It will be a much different scenario on Monday, though. Kansas is stacked and ISU is minus its best player. When the teams met a few weeks ago, Haliburton was held to five points and the Jayhawks shot 52 percent in the 79-53 victory.

Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks look to be playing their best basketball of the season, if that’s really a thing since they are 22-3 with their only setbacks to Duke, Villanova and Baylor, teams currently ranked among the top-15 in the AP poll. There’s always the fear of a letdown against a lesser team with a crucial game at Baylor next on the schedule. However, I doubt KU is going to let a winnable game on its floor slip away, one that would put them further behind Baylor with time running out.

Kansas has the unique talent level and ability to play any style of game, which infuriates opponents. The outside game is handled magnificently by Devon Dotson, who leads the Big 12 averaging 18.0 points per game. When teams pack the paint to try and slow Udoka Azubuike, guard play is huge. Against the Sooners on Saturday, Dotson scored 19 points, but Marcus Garrett softened the defense by hitting six three-pointers for a career-best 24 points. “Obviously if Marcus makes six threes we’ll be hard to deal with,” Bill Self said.

Averaging a Big 12-best 74.8 points per game, the Jayhawks can also do it on the other end. Garrett is known more as a tenacious defender and he fills that role to perfection. To get the offensive production is a boost. The Jayhawks allow only 60.2 points per game to rank eighth nationally, and opponents shoot just 37.2 percent from the field against them. Iowa State was held to 52 points earlier even with its best offensive player on the court.

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Kansas has too much experience to fall into the trap syndrome, and they have too much talent to be upset at home. The loss of Haliburton removed any chance Iowa State had of pulling off the upset, leaving the Jayhawks room to do whatever they want in this one.

College Basketball Score Prediction: Kansas 81, Iowa State 64

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