Iowa State Looks to Ground Jayhawks Again
The last time Kansas met up with Iowa State, it did not go well for the favored Jayhawks, as 20 turnovers were converted into nine Iowa State steals in a 15-point win. Will the Cyclones do it again?
Kansas has now won 10 straight postseason games after winning the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments last season. Iowa State won four Big 12 tournaments from 2014-19, and the Cyclones were seeded fourth or lower during three of those title runs.
Kansas can take another step towards earning a No. 1 seed in the upcoming March Madness bracket with a win and a spot in the Big 12 title game.
Regarding college basketball news, Iowa State is in pretty good shape from the injury department. Kansas continues to play without forward Cam Martin and guard Kyle Cuffe.
Kansas is third in the Associated Press poll and fourth in the coaches poll. Iowa State was ranked in the top 25 in both national polls two weeks ago but is currently sitting in the standing between other teams receiving votes.
According to the odds to win March Madness, Kansas (+900) is tied for third in the odds to win the national championship. Iowa State (+8000) is 23rd in the championship odds.
Kansas is eighth and Iowa State moved up from 20th to 17th in the latest NCAA NET rankings. The Jayhawks lead the nation with 16 Quad 1 wins.
Taming the Bears Again
Iowa State was reeling a bit with four straight losses. That all changed when the Cyclones faced Baylor twice in less than a week.
There was nothing fancy about how Iowa State completed the sweep of the back-to-back games as the Cyclones outrebounded Baylor 44-17 in the Big 12 quarterfinal matchup, including 21 offensive rebounds in the 78-72 victory.
Tre King, who played just 16 minutes in the first win against Baylor, had a game-high six offensive rebounds in 27 minutes in the Big 12 tourney showdown. Freshman Tamin Lipsey had 13 points and 11 rebounds (four on the offensive end).
Iowa State has covered against the college basketball lines in only four of its last 14 games.
Jayhawks Leave Little Doubt
The last time Kansas squared off with West Virginia, the favored Jayhawks barely escaped with the win. There was no such drama when the teams met in the Big 12 quarterfinals.
Jalen Wilson and Dajuan Harris, the two top returning players from the Jayhawks’ national championship team, scored all nine of the points for Kansas in a 9-2 run that turned a four-point game into a nine-point cushion.
Wilson finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Harris finished with 13 points and eight assists in the win.
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— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) March 10, 2023
The best news for Kansas is that third-leading scorer Kevin McCullar, who was questionable for the game, played 26 minutes, so he should be good to go the rest of the way.
Kansas has covered against the Las Vegas odds in eight of its last 12 games.
Iowa State vs Kansas Game Injuries
Iowa State vs Kansas Head-to-Head
Iowa State snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 68-53 win in the last meeting. It was the fifth straight game between the Cyclones and Jayhawks to finish under the total.
Two of the previous four matchups have been decided by two points or less, so keep that in mind when making college basketball predictions.
The teams haven’t met in the postseason since Iowa State’s 78-66 win in the 2019 Big 12 title game.
Iowa State vs Kansas Game Information
- Game: Iowa State (19-12, 9-9 Big 12) vs Kansas (26-6, 13-5)
- Location: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO
- Day/Time: Friday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Iowa State vs Kansas Live Stream: TBS.com
Iowa State vs Kansas Game Betting Lines
Iowa State vs Kansas Picks and Prediction
Iowa State led the Big 12 in scoring defense during the regular season. The defense could be tested by a Kansas team that was second in the conference in field-goal percentage.
Keep an eye on the status of Kansas head coach Bill Self after he missed the quarterfinal game due to illness.
The Jayhawks are 24-3 when listed by the sportsbook as the favorite. Iowa State is 7-8 as the underdog.
Iowa State leads the Big 12 with nine wins against teams ranked in the top 25 in the Associated Press poll.
The teams are a combined 7-2 in neutral-site games this season. However, Kansas is just 2-3 against the spread (ATS) in those games.
Kansas is listed at -195 in our Las Vegas college basketball lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Jayhawks, you have a chance to win $51. Iowa State is +165, offering a chance to win $165 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Kansas a 66.10% chance to win, with Iowa State at 37.74%.