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NCAAB: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Betting Preview

Two of the best in the Big 12 match up in an intrastate clash as the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (16-1, 5-0) take on the No. 13 Kansas State Wildcats (15-2, 4-1). The Wildcats will host this one at the Fred Bramlage Coliseum, with tipoff scheduled for 7:00 pm ET.

Kansas comes into this one on a 10-game winning streak, although they did have a bit of a scare in their last game, defeating No. 12 Iowa State just 62-60. In the victory, Gradey Dick had a team-high 21 points, while Jalen Johnson and K.J. Adams Jr combined for 31 points and 17 rebounds.

For Kansas State, they were one of 13 ranked teams to take a loss over the weekend as they were beaten 82-68 by No. 14 TCU on the road. In the loss, Keyontae Johnson had a team-high 18 points.

The Jayhawks are slight favorites despite playing on the road. They are -128 to win, while the Wildcats’ moneyline sits at +106. The spread features Kansas State as 1.5-point underdogs (-105), and the over/under for total points is 147.5 (-110).

Jayhawks Hope To Extend Winning Streak

With just a single loss back at the end of November, the Kansas Jayhawks have easily been one of the best teams in college basketball season. Having won 10 in a row since that loss, head coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks will look to keep going as they take on their Big 12 rivals.

Kansas currently has the 43rd-best offense in the country, averaging 76.9 points per game (73.4 on the road). The team is led by junior forward Jalen Wilson, who is averaging 19.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.

Kansas has three others averaging double digits in Gradey Dick (14.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals), Kevin McCullar Jr (10.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 steals), and K.J. Adams Jr (10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds).

On the defensive end, Kansas ranks 57th in the nation, allowing an average of 65.2 points per game (67.3 on the road).

Kansas State Looks To Stay Perfect At Home

Trying to bounce back from a rough outing over the weekend, the Wildcats will be excited to return to the Fred Bramlage Coliseum. In nine games at home this year, they are undefeated and will look to remain perfect on Tuesday.

Defensively, Kansas State has struggled a bit more. They currently rank 108th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing opponents an average of 67.2 points per game. While they are better at home (58.9 points per game), they have also allowed 78 per game in their last three contests overall.

On the offensive side, the Wildcats have been much better, averaging 78.2 points per game (35th overall in the nation). They have been led by both Keyontae Johnson and Markquis Nowell.

Johnson currently leads the team in both scoring (18.4 points per game) and rebounds (7.1). He is also contributing 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals, while shooting 56.4% from the field.

As for Nowell, he is averaging 17.1 points on 41.7% shooting. He is also chipping in 2.9 rebounds, 2.2 steals, and 8.5 assists per game.

Take The Jayhawks To Win And Cover

Looking at the trends, the Jayhawks are 7-0 straight up and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games against the Wildcats. They are also 6-3 against the spread in their last nine games against conference opponents.

As for the Wildcats, they are 9-1 in their last 10 games and 4-1 against the spread in their last five. In five of their last six games, the OVER has hit.

Not only are these two fantastic programs, but with major Big 12 implications, both teams in this rivalry know the importance of Tuesday’s game.

After losing to TCU over the weekend, the next couple weeks will be a gauntlet for the Wildcats as they have five games against ranked teams in the next seven contests.

Unfortunately for Kansas State fans, the stretch won’t start out well. Take Kansas to not only win this game on the road, but to cover the modest 1.5-point spread (-115) as well.

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