The unranked Kansas State Wildcats and longtime in-state rival, No. 12 Kansas will both be looking to find some consistency when they square off on Saturday in their Big 12 showdown. K-State went into Wednesday night looking to snap a two-game skid while Kansas will be looking to record their third straight win in this contest.
K-State Vs Kansas College Hoops Betting Analysis
Kansas State Vs No. 12 Kansas
When: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
Stream: Watch ESPN
Kansas State had dropped two straight heading into Wednesday night’s matchup against Oklahoma State looking to snap a modest two-game losing streak, but both of the Wildcats’ losses came against nationally ranked opponents as they lost to No. 2 West Virginia 77-69 on New Year’s Day and followed that up with a 74-58 road loss against No. 9 Texas Tech last Saturday. The Wildcats are averaging 75.9 points per game this season (145th) and limiting the opposition to just 64.9 points per game defensively (33rd).
Kansas has won two straight since losing to Texas tech 85-73 at home on Jan. 2 and come into this contest off a solid, but not overpowering 83-78 win over Iowa State on Tuesday night. Malik Newman scored a career-high 27 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 23 points to help the Jayhawks pull away late and hold off the upset bid by the Cyclones. Kansas is averaging a stellar 86.6 points per game (14th) while allowing 70.1 points per contest defensively (124th). Still, they’ve lost three of their last nine games since Dec. 6.
For this Saturday matchup, I’m going to advise you to back the Kansas Jayhawks to get the home win by eight points at the most. If the spread is higher than that figure, I advise you to take K-State and the points.
Kansas has some issues with depth once you get past their starting five, but they’re also playing at home and have a better collective group of ballers than Kansas State. I like the Jayhawks to hold it down at home, but not by double digits.