#10 Kansas vs #20 Iowa State NCAAB Game Preview & Betting Odds

#10 Kansas vs #20 Iowa State | NCAAB Game Preview & Betting Odds

It seems like every game from the Big 12 these days matches ranked teams and that’s the case on Tuesday when No. 10 Kansas visits No. 20 Iowa State, one of the biggest surprise teams in the nation. The Jayhawks are short favorites on the NCAAB odds.

How to Bet Kansas State at Iowa State NCAA Basketball Odds & TV Info

  • When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET
  • Where: James H. Hilton Coliseum
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: ESPN app
  • Radio: Tunein.com
  • Opening NCAAB Lines: Kansas -3 (total 138)

Last Meeting

On Jan. 11, Kansas beat Iowa State 62-61 in a thriller. Dajuan Harris hit a driving layup with 8 seconds left. There were four lead changes in the final 38 seconds, and the Jayhawks (survived when Iowa State’s Gabe Kalscheur missed a 3-pointer just before the buzzer. Ochai Agbaji scored 22 points to lead Kansas, which was playing without preseason Big 12 player of the year Remy Martin due to injury. Isaiah Brockington scored 17 points for Iowa State. Neither team led by double figures at any point.

Why Bet on Kansas?

KU (17-3) was dominated at home by Kentucky 80-62 on Saturday in the last big non-conference game of the regular season. The Wildcats grabbed a big halftime lead in Allen Fieldhouse and cruised to improve to 24-10 all-time in the series. Kansas had won four of the past five coming in. The last Kentucky win in Allen Fieldhouse was in 1985.

Kentucky dominated the boards, owning a 41-29 rebounding edge, including 12-7 on the offensive end. “Their guys got to a level that we couldn’t get to,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “When you get into a jumping contest with those dudes, we couldn’t compete.”

It snapped KU’s 17-game home winning streak. Senior Ochai Agbaji finished with a team-high-tying 13 points, five rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. He now has 1,338 career points which puts him at 31st on the all-time KU scoring list. Agbaji started his 97th consecutive game on Saturday. He is eighth on the all-time list for consecutive starts at KU. His 211 career three-point field goals have him at seventh on the all-time KU list.

Agbaji might win Big 12 Player of the year. He leads the Big 12 with 20.9 points per game and is second in the Big 12 by firing 46.4 percent from the 3-point line. Christian Braun averages 15 points per game and is one of the conference’s best free-throw shooters at 81.4 percent.

Kansas leads the overall series with Iowa State, 185-66, including a 71-40 edge in games played in Ames, Iowa (27-22 in Hilton Coliseum). Kansas has won the last five meetings.

KU guard Jalen Coleman-Lands played for the Cyclones last season, making 22 starts in 23 games and finishing second on the team with 14.3 points per contest. He led the Cyclones with 58 3-pointers made shooting at 39.5 percent clip. ISU’s Tristan Enaruna played two seasons for Kansas before transferring.

Kansas is 52-6 in its last 58 games coming off a loss.

Why Bet on Iowa State?

Iowa State (16-5) beat visiting Missouri 67-50 on Saturday in non-conference play. The Cyclones shot 58.3 percent in the second half in outscoring the Tigers, 35-21 after intermission. ISU was 5-of-8 from 3-point range in the second half and made 13-of-15 free-throws for the game. ISU held Mizzou to 31.8 percent shooting after the break and forced 18 turnovers that resulted in 23 points.

Iowa State outshot Missouri (45.3-42.9) and improved to 12-0 this season when outshooting its opponent. ISU made six 3-pointers to just five for Missouri. The Cyclones have made more 3-pointers than 18 of 21 opponents this season.

Izaiah Brockington scored 15 points and grabbed a team-high six boards, and Tyrese Hunter netted 14 points, dished out four assists and had two steals. When the Cyclones need a basket, Brockington is the first option and he’s the team’s scoring leader. What was unexpected was Brockington also leading the Cyclones in rebounding (7.8 per game). It’s rare for a guard to lead his team in both categories.

ISU has one of the nation’s top defenses, allowing just 60.5 points per game and holding opponents to 41.2 percent shooting from the field and 27.2 percent behind the arc. Twelve of 21 opponents have scored 64 or fewer points. The Cyclones, who are No. 20 in the AP Top 25 and have been ranked 10 straight weeks, are one of six schools nationally with at least six Quad 1 victories.

The Cyclones have already snapped losing streaks of 18-straight games overall, eight home games, 25 games against power conference opponents, 28 games away from Hilton Coliseum, 25 games in true road contests, 24 games to Big 12 opponents, 19 games to nationally ranked opponents and 24 conference road games.

ISU has 10 wins against Bill Self coached Kansas teams, second most behind only Oklahoma State (11). George Conditt is averaging 1.1 blocks per game in his career against Kansas.

Expert Prediction

  • Kansas 72, Iowa State 69
 
 

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