The battle of the Sunflower State will take place on the hallowed court of Phog Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday night, as the Kansas Jayhawks look to start a new college basketball betting winning streak on their home court against their arch rivals, the Kansas State Wildcats.
The Wildcats are in some big trouble right now, as they are really falling flat and could be in some bubble trouble. They are just 2-4 in conference play, but they really did get back on their feet in a grand style earlier this week in a 69-61 win against the Baylor Bears. It is clear though, that the Cats just don’t have the offense that they did last season. Jacob Pullen almost seems like he has digressed, though it’s hard to complain about good ol’ No. 0 scoring 17.9 points on the average night. KSU feels like it should be scoring more than 73.5 points per game, and it certainly seems like it should be shooting better than 43.7 percent from the floor. Five of the six games in conference this year have resulted in fewer than 70 points on the board, and the one exception seems to be the one exception that everyone has this year: their date with the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Defensively though, things are solid for the Wildcats, as they are only allowing 64.6 points per game, a number which isn’t going up that much in conference play this year.
We would be really splitting hairs to find things that we don’t like about the Jayhawks, but for whatever reason, it just doesn’t feel like this team is as talented as the one that was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament last year. The 69 game winning streak at home came to a close last weekend against the Texas Longhorns, and you know that the idea of losing two in a row in front of the Lawrence faithful would be like blasphemy, especially against the Wildcats. However, scoring really seems to disappear for the Jayhawks when the two Morris brothers, Marcus and Markieff aren’t scoring. The two are combining for almost 30 points per game between them. Tyshawn Taylor, the hit newcomer of last season, just hasn’t panned out this year, as he is only averaging 8.7 points per game, and Josh Selby really hasn’t done all that much better now that his aura has worn off as well. Still, we have to remember that the Jayhawks are incredibly deep, and they can figure out how to win games even when they aren’t at their best. There’s a reason that this club has 19 wins already on the campaign.
The oddsmakers are really going to punish us to take Kansas in this one, especially knowing how badly that it wants to start that winning streak once again. Kansas State is a team that really hasn’t played up to its potential this whole season, but it should figure out how to stick inside of the number in this one on Saturday.
College Basketball Free Pick: Kansas State Wildcats