Two teams out of the Big 12 that have been going through some major struggles will square off in Lawrence on Tuesday night. The Phog Allen Fieldhouse will play host to the Kansas Jayhawks against the Kansas State Wildcats. The Jayhawks have won 11 out of the last 12 games in this meeting, with Kansas State last winning February of 2019 in Manhattan.
Kansas leads the all time series over their rivals 199-94. The Jayhawks come into this game on Tuesday night as big favorites. The Jayhawks are listed at -15 over Kansas State on Tuesday night.
Wildcats With Just One Lone Conference Win
The Kansas State Wildcats have just one Big 12 win this season, and that came back in December on the road at Iowa State. Overall, the Wildcats have dropped 8 straight games since their 2 point win over Omaha.
The Wildcats, led by head coach Bruce Weber are one of the worst offensive teams in all of College Basketball. Kansas State is scoring just 63 points per game, which ranks 366th in the nation. Defensively, which has long been a calling card for Kansas State – they are allowing teams to score 73.8 points per game. Recently, Kansas STate allowed 107 points in a road loss at Baylor.
When Kansas State does score, Nijel Pack is the guy doing it the most. The guard is scoring just 11.8 points per game, and also leads the team with 3.8 assists per game. The offense is deliberate, but when they get behind, they certainly try to speed things up, and struggle to score. The Wildcats have to make an emphasis on keeping this game within striking distance for the entire 40 minutes.
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Jayhawks MUST Get Back on Track
I consider the 2021 version of the Kansas Jayhawks the worst Kansas basketball team I have seen. The first season under Roy Williams, Kansas went 19-12 and did not play in the NCAA Tournament. That was back in 1989. Kansas has not won less than 25 games in a season since the 2004-2005 season, in which they won 23.
The Jayhawks have been ranked in the Top 25 for 230 consecutive weeks, which is a NCAA Basketball record. That will get put to the test in this game, and then Saturday at West Virginia. The Jayhawks are 23rd, so a loss likely means they drop out of the rankings.
On the flip side, a win in this game, and an upset in Morgantown will vault them, as they take on Oklahoma State, back to back against Iowa State and back against Kansas State following that.
This year’s version is 11-6 overall, and 5-4 in league play. The Jayhawks can make some hay, but catching first place Baylor just isn’t going to happen. Kansas is led in scoring by Ochai Agbaji with more than 14 per game. Marcus Garrett is adding 10.2 points per game, and leads the team with 3.6 assists per game.
The Jayhawks are scoring 73.5 points per game as a team, and allowing just over 68. Kansas has lost 4 out of their last 5, with losses to Baylor, Oklahoma and Tennessee during that time.
Kansas State Wildcats at Kansas Jayhawks Betting Preview: Self Over Weber
It is Bill Self. It is Bruce Weber. It is the Kansas Jayhawks. It is the Kansas State Wildcats. It’s Big 12 Basketball. It’s February. These two teams know each other. These two teams hate each other. There won’t be a crazy crowd. There isn’t a conference title on the line. But, bragging rights remain. This is still going to be a solid basketball game.
Kansas State is prideful. They will compete. Kansas should and better win. A loss, and they are on the NCAA Tournament bubble. They won’t lose, but nothing is easy for the Jayhawks. Take Kansas to win, but Kansas State covers +15.