The Big 12 Conference has produced some interesting and surprising results already this season, and Iowa State is hoping to deliver another one on Thursday night. The Cyclones will be in Kansas to take on the Jayhawks, and this game has blowout written all over it.
Iowa State has gone 0-9 so far in conference action, but the Cyclones have been keeping some games close recently. The Cyclones have just two wins this season, and they are hoping to find a way to scratch out a win in the Big 12.
Kansas is just outside the Top 25 at the moment, and that is not a position that the Jayhawks have been in much. Head coach Bill Self and his team have gone just 7-5 in Big 12 Conference games and they are just an ordinary 13-7 overall.
The Kansas Jayhawks are 14-point favorites over the Iowa State Cyclones on Thursday night.
Iowa State at Kansas Betting Prediction: Defense an Issue For Cyclones
The Iowa State Cyclones struggle in many areas, but their lack of defense has been the biggest problem this season. Iowa State is allowing more than 77 points per game, and that has put them in some very large deficits at times this season.
The Cyclones have seemed to tighten things up on the defensive end in the last few weeks, but then the offense has started to struggle. Iowa State is averaging just 68 points per game, and there aren’t a ton of great scorers on this roster.
Guard Rasir Bolton has done all he can to keep the Cyclones in games, leading the team with nearly 17 points per night. Bolton leads the team in nearly every statistical category and he will likely need to go off if Iowa State can stun the Jayhawks.
Jalen Coleman-Lands and Tyler Harris are both excellent shooters, and they could give Bolton some support if they are knocking down shots.
Iowa State at Kansas Betting Prediction: Jayhawks Need More Offense
Kansas has continued to send players to the NBA each season, and that has left the cupboard pretty bare for Bill Self. The Jayhawks are scoring just 74 points per game, and they have really struggled to find offense against some of the top teams in the league.
The Jayhawks have gone just 3-5 in their last eight games, and they have struggled to get stops on defense as well. Kansas is giving up nearly 69 points per game, but they have a chance to put up a low number against a bad Iowa State offense.
Guard Ochai Ogbaji leads the Kansas team with 13.9 points per game, and he is shooting nearly 40 percent from the three-point line. There are four other Kansas players averaging in double-figures, but the Jayhawks just don’t have enough reliable scoring threats.
Iowa State at Kansas Betting Prediction: Kansas Crushes Iowa State
This has been a very disappointing season for Bill Self and his Kansas Jayhawks squad, but they still have some time to turn things around. Even though Kansas will not win the Big 12 Conference this season, this could still be a scary team in March
Iowa State has been more competitive in recent games, but this team is simply not very good. The Cyclones have yet to win a game in the Big 12 Conference, and they certainly aren’t going to knock off the Jayhawks in Lawrence.
The Cyclones might be able to keep this game interesting for a half, but that’s about all you can expect. Kansas is the must better team, and the Jayhawks will use this game to hopefully propel them on a late season run.
Bet the Kansas Jayhawks -14.0 over the Iowa State Cyclones in this Big 12 Conference showdown.