No. 1 Kansas advanced to the Big 12 Championship Game with a comfortable 88-73 win over No. 5 Iowa State, and No. 2 Kansas State did the same with a 68-57 win over No. 3 Oklahoma State. Now the question is, can Kansas State break Kansas’ dominance in this rivalry game?
Kansas is 11-1 SU and 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games against Kansas State, including a 4-0 SU and ATS run over the last four meetings between these two teams. Kansas is 8-1 SU all-time in Big 12 championship games while Kansas State is 0-1 SU with a loss to Kansas in its one championship game appearance in 2010.
The Wildcats will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 15-14 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Jayhawks are 18-14 ATS. Kansas State is 13-13-1 against the total, while Kansas is 15-13-2 versus the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Jayhawks at No. 3 and the Wildcats at No. 51 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 81-76 result in favor of the Jayhawks.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kansas's No. 16-rated squad against Kansas State's No. 135-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kansas rates No. 181 in the country with 6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 97 nationally with 6.9 per match.
Defensively, Kansas State features the nation's No. 82-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.8 points per game. Kansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Kansas State, they were a 68-57 winner as they battled Oklahoma State at home. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. The Wildcats got a terrific 25-point effort from Rodney McGruder as Kansas State defeated Oklahoma State 68-57 on Friday at Sprint Center.
Kansas won its last outing, an 88-73 result against Iowa State on March 15. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. The Jayhawks got 23 points from Perry Ellis as Kansas ran past Iowa State 88-73 on Friday at Sprint Center.