One night after the SEC had the spotlight on the gridiron, the Big 12 takes center stage on the hardwood with a pair of intriguing matchups on Tuesday’s NCAA basketball betting card, one of them pitting Iowa State on the road against Kansas.
Iowa State Cyclones vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 – 08:00 PM EST at Allen Fieldhouse
The Sixth Man should be out in full force and making their presence felt at Allen Fieldhouse when the Iowa State Cyclones visit the Kansas Jayhawks, the rivalry predating the Big 12 to the days of the Big 6/Big 8. It’s the first time in nearly three years both sides are ranked for their matchup, and a sharp contrast to last season’s two meetings when neither team was top 25 caliber for either game.
Though the Cyclones and Jayhawks each have bigger in-state rivals, Iowa State and Kansas is still one of the most-played matchups in college hoops history with Tuesday’s tilt No. 251 in the series. The clash is especially important since both sides are coming off losses on the NCAAB scoreboard this past Saturday.
Tuesday’s Tilt: First of Three for the Cyclones
This is one of two Big 12 contests matching ranked teams, with Iowa State and Kansas tipping about an hour after Texas Tech and Baylor get underway. The Jayhawks are being sold as 11½-point favorites after opening a point higher, and the total is running 141-141½.
The elite defense is prevalent throughout much of the Big 12, and Iowa State is right there with the top teams in the conference as well as the nation. That defense slipped a little last weekend at Oklahoma where the Sooners put up a season-high 79 on the Cyclones to win by 13. Iowa State head coach T.J. Otzelberger cited fatigue and the hostile road environment as key factors in the setback.
The Cyclones were getting 6½ at some of the top-rated sportsbooks and needed more than twice that amount in the end. Iowa State had surrendered 77 a week earlier in a loss to top-ranked Baylor but appeared to get the defensive groove back in a 51-47 win over Texas Tech between the two defeats.
Off to a 1-2 start in Big 12 action, this matchup with Kansas is the first of three consecutive contests for Iowa State against ranked foes. Texas visits Ames with a home game this Saturday and the Cyclones travel to Lubbock next week to meet Texas Tech for a second time.
Rock Chalk: KU 4-2-1 ATS as Home Favorite
Bill Self took his Jayhawks to Lubbock last Saturday and despite being favored by 7, came home with a 75-67 loss. It was the first Big 12 loss for Kansas and marked the third time in the last five games the Jayhawks failed to cover the NCAAB odds. Self was obviously not happy with the outcome, especially since it came against a Texas Tech team that was missing its top two offensive weapons.
That loss to the Red Raiders ended a run of eight consecutive wins for Kansas, the streak starting after the Jayhawks fell apart late to drop a 74-73 decision to Dayton in an ESPN tournament down in Florida over the Thanksgiving holiday. Kansas was beaten on the glass by Texas Tech and got sloppy with 17 turnovers.
Kansas remains one of the elite offensive teams in the country, the 50.4% field goal rate ranking sixth nationally and 83.1 PPG mark checking in a 9th-best. Ochai Agbaji, who is part of the latest Wooden Award watch list, leads the Jayhawks with 20.5 PPG.
Totals Go ‘Over’ in Four of the Last Six Meetings
One factor that keeps this from becoming a true rivalry is the lopsided advantage Kansas has over Iowa State. The Jayhawks have almost tripled up on the Cyclones over time with a 184-66 record in the series and have exactly tripled upon them in the last 12 meetings (9-3). Not only has Kansas won the last four meetings, but the Jayhawks also covered each triumph as favorites up to 17 points at online betting sites.
In their win at The Phog last season, the Jayhawks coasted to a 97-64 to easily cover a 15-point spread. That one got past a 145-point total with room to spare, one of seven times in the last 10 clashes for ‘over’ bettors to return to the pay window.
If Otzelberger thought the atmosphere in Norman was rowdy last Saturday, he’s in for a real treat in Lawrence tonight. Kansas should emerge with the dubya, but even with the home fans stirring things up, the Cyclones get the cover.
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