Arch rivals from the Sunflower State duke it out in college basketball betting action on Monday night, when the Kansas Jayhawks look to take care of the Kansas State Wildcats.
Kansas has been rolling of late. The team has some big wins on the road this year, the biggest of which was the shocking 68-54 domination of the Baylor Bears last week. With that victory, the Jayhawks have a real case to be one of the top seeds in the NCAA Tournament again this year, though falling in games like this one would hurt that statement. There is a heck of a lot of talent that is emerging for KU. Tyshawn Taylor is seemingly getting better and better with every shot that he takes, and he is evolving into one of the best guards in the country. Thomas Robinson is still the pride and joy of the team though, and he is averaging 18.1 points and 12.1 rebounds per game. The man that is coming on strong at the moment though, is Jeff Withey. He is only averaging 9.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, but he had 18 points, 20 boards, and seven blocks against the Oklahoma State Cowboys over the weekend. It was his second straight massive offensive game, and it marked the eighth time that he has scored in double digits in his last nine games. It was also his third double-double and his third game with at least seven blocks in that stretch as well.
The Wildcats do have 17 wins this year, and they have to feel good about their standing right now for the NCAA Tournament. They aren’t nearly safe though, especially considering the fact that they are coming off of a loss at the Texas Longhorns, and now they have games against Kansas, at the Missouri Tigers, and at the Baylor Bears to come. 17-10 and a 6-9 mark in conference play doesn’t look nearly as good as 17-7 and 6-6 in the Big XII. The three point shot has been killing this team of late. Shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown isn’t going to cut it, and the Wildcats need to do a heck of a lot better than that in this one to be able to pull off the upset. That means that Rodney McGruder really needs to start to let the ball fly, and he has to be on his game. If not, it is hard to see where the offense is going to come from, especially in the paint against the Kansas trees.
The Final Word: This is a terrible spot for the Wildcats to be in, as this is a miserable matchup for them. Kansas has the big time athletes in the middle that are both playing well right now, and Taylor is the best guard on the court to boot. Having at least the best three players on the court is going to trump home court advantage in this one, and in the end, the Jayhawks are going to rock the Wildcats on Big Monday.
Kansas Jayhawks @ Kansas State Wildcats Pick: Kansas -3.5
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