Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones Betting Prediction 01/08/20

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It will be a showdown between two sensational offenses when the Iowa State Cyclones (7-6, 0-1 Big 12) go head-to-head against the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iowa State Cyclones Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Cyclones lost a winnable game to the TCU Horned Frogs, 81-79, while the Jayhawks beat the 16th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 60-53.

Kansas played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.404 (above their season average of 0.221) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.436 (below their season average of 0.578). West Virginia had marks of 0.203 and 0.347, respectively, for those same stats. Iowa State, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (19-27; 70.4 percent). Tyrese Haliburton played well for Iowa State, racking up 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists on his way to his zeroth triple-double this season. Udoka Azubuike, meanwhile fueled Kansas with 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks.

The Cyclones held the advantage in this series last year, taking two out of three contests. In the most recent game, Iowa State won 78-66. Iowa State did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (19-25; 76.0 percent). Kansas, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (37.0 vs. 22.6). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

Second-chance points could be hard to find for Iowa State in this battle. The Cyclones are among the country’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 223rd in offensive rebounding percentage at 27.5 percent. Meanwhile, Kansas ranks 100th in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 74.2 percent.

Kansas vs. Iowa State Free Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Iowa State, ATS Winner – Iowa State, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Kansas ranks 40th in rebounds allowed per game (31.8) while Iowa State ranks 240th (38.5).
  • The Cyclones average 8.4 steals per game, which ranks 41st in the nation. The Jayhawks rank 138th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
  • Iowa State ranks 25th in blocks per game (5.2) while Kansas ranks 42nd (4.5).
  • The Cyclones rank 85th in three pointers attempted per game (24.1) while the Jayhawks rank 258th in three pointers allowed per game (27.4).
  • Kansas ranks 34th in assists per game (16.2) while Iowa State ranks 143rd in assists allowed per game (13.1).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Cyclones’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 8.8 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 76.0 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 58.0 points per game (3.6 below their season average).