Offense meets defense when the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (14-3, 4-1 Big 12) welcome the Kansas State Wildcats (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) to Allen Fieldhouse. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks ATS Prediction
The last time the Wildcats played, they topped the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers, 84-68. The Wildcats had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.347 (above their season average of 0.231) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.684 (above their season average of 0.483). Kansas State was lifted by Cartier Diarra, who was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
The Jayhawks defeated the Texas Longhorns in their last outing, 66-57. The Jayhawks had a superb free throw rate of 0.264 (above their season average of 0.226) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 31.9). Devon Dotson was the game’s leading scorer with 21 points on 6-for-16 shooting from the field.
The game should be a showdown of strength against strength as the high-powered offense of Kansas takes on the stingy defense of Kansas State. The Jayhawks rank 25th in offensive efficiency, while the Wildcats are 52nd in defensive efficiency.
After splitting two games last season, these teams will clash for the first time this year. In the most recent game, the Jayhawks won 64-49. The Jayhawks knocked down 14 of their 19 free throws (73.7 percent) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (36.4 vs. 25.6).
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks Free Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Kansas State, O/U – Over
Kansas ranks 38th in steals per game (8.2) while Kansas State ranks 156th in steals allowed per game (7.2).
The Wildcats have been outscored by an average of 3.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Kansas State has defeated opponents by an average of 3.5 points.
During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 65.2 points per game (11.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 56.4 points per game (4.2 below their season average).