The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (22-3, 11-1 Big 12) will try to extend their 10-game winning streak against the Iowa State Cyclones (11-14, 4-8 Big 12) at Allen Fieldhouse. The game can be seen on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET on Monday, February 17, 2020.
Consensus Odds From Indiana Sportsbooks: Kansas -16, Total 143
Iowa State Cyclones at Kansas Jayhawks Free Prediction
The Cyclones come in on a high note after blowing out the Texas Longhorns in their last outing, 81-52. The Cyclones had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.633 (above their season average of 0.501) and had a free throw rate of 0.388 (above their season average of 0.204). With 21 points on 8-for-9 shooting, Michael Jacobson was the top scorer from either team.
In the Jayhawks’ previous game, they defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 87-70. Kansas’ offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over Oklahoma. The Jayhawks had a rate of 34.2 (above their season average of 31.7), while the Sooners posted a mark of 23.3. With 15 points and 17 rebounds, Udoka Azubuike had a good performance for Kansas.
Kansas could have their way on the offensive side of the ball as their upper-echelon offense faces off against one of the country’s worst defenses. The Jayhawks currently rank 26th in effective field goal percentage (0.542), while Iowa State ranks 257th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.508).
This is the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Devon Dotson scored a game-high 20 points and the Jayhawks topped the Cyclones 79-53. He also recorded six assists and five rebounds. The Jayhawks made 13 of their 17 free throws (76.5 percent) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.611 vs. 0.414).
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks Free Pick
Free Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Over
Kansas ranks 41st in rebounds per game (38.8) while Iowa State ranks 219th in rebounds allowed per game (36.7).
The Cyclones average 23.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 107th in the nation. The Jayhawks rank 254th in three pointers allowed per game (24.6).
Kansas averages 8.0 steals per game, which ranks 40th in the country. Iowa State ranks 182nd in steals allowed per game (7.2).
The Cyclones average 4.4 blocks per game, which ranks 33rd in the country. The Jayhawks rank 113th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Kansas ranks 76th in assists per game (14.3) while Iowa State ranks 154th in assists allowed per game (12.9).
The Cyclones have been outscored by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Iowa State has defeated opponents by an average of 1.9 points.
During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (4.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 59.6 points per game (0.6 below their season average).