A Big 12 Semifinal showdown is set for Friday night and the fans are in for a great night of basketball. The Iowa State Cyclones, who are the sixth seed, battle the top seeded Kansas Jayhawks. Below is our college basketball pick for the Big 12 Tournament Semifinal game between the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks.
Iowa State vs Kansas Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Kansas -5|
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This game will be played at T-Mobile Center at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, March 10, 2023.
Why Bet on Kansas:
✅ The Big 12 runs through Kansas and it will be no different this season as the Jayhawks have a plethora of talent to pick from.
✅ Kansas is the eighth best team in country, according to barttorvik.com, and are well ahead of the 20th ranked Cyclones.
✅ Iowa State went 1-4 in their final five regular season games.
Iowa State Cyclones – Can They Beat Anyone Other Than Baylor?
Iowa State was reeling a week ago, but two consecutive wins over Baylor Bears has the Cyclones just two wins away from a Big 12 Championship. The Cyclones beat the Bears for the second time in five days with a 78-72 triumph Thursday night.
The Cyclones hosted the Jayhawks on February 4th and earned a big 68-53 victory. It was an impressive victory for Iowa State, but they would soon hit a rough path in their season.
According to the metrics, Iowa State is the 20th best team in the nation and are loved most by KenPom who has them 19th. The Cyclones are 12-12 in Quad One and Quad Two games this season.
Kansas Jayhawks – The Top Overall Seed in the Big Dance?
Kansas opened their Big 12 Tournament campaign with a comfortable 78-61 victory over West Virginia. The Jayhawks will be without head coach Bill Self the rest of the week and there should be serious doubts on his availability for the NCAA Tournament. However, the Jayhawks have enough talent to get the job done without one of the best in the business on the bench.
The Jayhawks hosted Iowa State early in the conference schedule and won a tough 62-60 battle. This game was the last game before Kansas went on a rare three-game losing streak in conference play.