The Kansas Jayhawks (11-2, 1-0 Big 12) and Iowa State Cyclones (7-6, 0-1 Big 12) meet at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday. We analyze the Kansas-Iowa State odds and betting lines, while providing college basketball betting tips and advice on this matchup.
The Jayhawks are ranked third in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll.
Kansas at Iowa State: Three things you need to know
1. Kansas enters play 6-2 ATS in the past eight games overall, and 5-2 ATS in the past seven against teams with a winning overall record. However, it’s just 3-10 ATS in the past 13 games on the road.
2. Iowa State is 2-6 ATS in the past eight games against teams with a winning overall record, and is 0-5 ATS in the previous five as a home underdog.
3. The Jayhawks enter this game third in the nation in field-goal percentage at 50.9, led by F Udoka Azubuike at a ridiculous 81.1 percent (77-for-95). They’re 16th defensively with a 37.3 FG% against.
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Kansas at Iowa State: Odds, betting lines and picks
Kansas 80, Iowa State 73
AVOID. Kansas (-286) will cost you nearly three times your return on investment, which just isn’t a good way to consistently win. For example, if you win three of these type bets and lose one, you end up about even. Why risk it? PASS and focus on the spread (below).
Against the Spread (ATS)
KANSAS (-6.5, -110) is a much better play laying the points over Iowa State (+6.5, -110). Not only has the road team cashed in six of the past eight in this series, which points to KU, the Cyclones are 2-6 ATS in the eight tries against winning teams and barely above .500 overall on the season.
OVER 146 (-110) is the way to go here. Kansas has a very efficient offense, not taking a lot of bad shots while limiting turnovers. But, the Under is 7-3 in the Jayhawks’ past 10 overall. However, the Over is 5-1 in their past six against winning teams.
For Iowa State, it’s all Over, all the time. The Over is 7-1 in the Cyclones’ past eight as a home ‘dog, and 5-1 in the past six against teams with a winning record. The Over is also 3-0-1 in their past four following a straight-up loss.
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