This week’s biggest in-state rival game features a Big 12 tilt from the Sunflower State tilt between the Kansas State Wildcats and the 9th ranked Jayhawks. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN.
Entering the season fans, pundits and college hoops handicappers had high hopes for both squads. So far this season, the Jayhawks have been winning, more or less, while the Wildcats have played like neutered house cats. Kansas is an amazing position to take the Big 12 crown if they stay on course, while Kansas State may not even make it to March Madness this season.
Matchup: Kansas State Wildcats at No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Jan. 31, 2015
Start Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Location: Lawrence, Kansas
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Kansas State Vs Kansas
Point Spread: N/A
Game Total: N/A
The Kansas State Wildcats Will Beat the Kansas Jayhawks If
- K-State puts their trust in guard Marcus Foster – Sometimes a team’s best player has to step it up in order to win. That appears to be the case when K-State travels to Lawrence to take on Kansas. Marcus Foster averages 13.8 points per game. Foster has scored in double-figures in 7 straight games, but he’s only scored more than 20 in one of those 7. He’ll need to get at least 24 against the Jayhawks.
- The Wildcats step up the interior defense – Kansas State allows opponents to connect on 43.7% of their field goal attempts. That’s not very good. Against Kansas, allowing a percentage like that is a backbreaker.
- K-State limits Kansas’ possessions – The Wildcats have to limit how many possessions that Kansas gets in this matchup. Kansas is excellent at converting possessions into points. They are as disciplined of a team as the Wildcats are likely to face. Somehow, K-State has to limit those possessions.
The Kansas Jayhawks Will Beat the Kansas State Wildcats If
- Kansas remembers that they’re the Jayhawks – Kansas has been as impressive as any team in college basketball in their last 3 games. The road victory over Texas, where they pummeled the Longhorns 75 to 62 as a 3 point dog, was ultra-impressive. The real key for Kansas is to remember who they are and just take care of business.
- The Jayhawks allow Frank Mason to create plays – The 5’ 11” and 185lb Mason has been ultra-impressive lately. He leads the team in points per game at 12.8 and also dishes 4 assists per game. They should unleash Mason and let him rack up points if need be or get his teammates going with his passing.
- Defends against the three – One of the reasons that Kansas beat Texas so badly is because they held the Longhorns to less than 17% shooting from behind the three-point line. Kansas State is a better three-point shooting team than Texas, but KU should know that and defend accordingly.
Bet On the Kansas Jayhawks to Beat the Kansas State Wildcats
The Jayhawks have had very few missteps this season. Rock Chalk has shown the ability to play a fast game, like when they scored 85 points to beat Oklahoma, and a slow game, like when they beat TCU in their last by 3 points, 64 to 61.
Kansas State will try and slow it down, but it shouldn’t bother Kansas because of Mason’s discipline. He’ll be the reason that the Jayhawks put up another “W”.