Playing as an unranked team for the first time in over a decade, it looked as though the Kansas Jayhawks wanted to get back into the national polls with a convincing win over No. 23 Oklahoma State. Their fall from the top-25 was due to their inability to win on the road. The Jayhawks head to Ames for a tussle with the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday looking to end a five-game road losing streak. Bookmaker.eu offers a generous CASH welcome bonus (max bonus $1600)
Kansas Jayhawks at Iowa State Cyclones
Date and Time: Saturday, February 13, 2021, 3 p.m. ET
Location: James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
Opening College Basketball Odds: (Live Odds – Check Back Later)
Kansas at Iowa State TV Coverage: ABC
Kansas is just a different team when it hits the road. Granted, there is stiff competition in the Big 12, but the Jayhawks should be much better than their 2-5 record. Both road wins came early in the season against middling teams Texas Tech and TCU. Since then they’ve dropped five in a row going 1-4 ATS in that span with three of those setbacks against nationally-ranked teams. It’s probably not a question if the Jayhawks can beat Iowa State rather it’s can they cover the spread? The teams split the last six meetings in Ames with Kansas just 2-4 against the line. Someone has to be at the bottom of the league standings and that team is Iowa State, which heads into its home-and-home with Kansas in search of its first conference win. The Cyclones have dropped eight straight, but they covered in the last three and are 5-3 ATS in that span. Overall they are just 2-12 SU and 6-8 ATS.
They may not be as good as in years past, but make no mistake the Jayhawks are a solid club. They reeled off eight straight wins after bowing to No. 1 Gonzaga in the season-opener with half of those victories over nationally-ranked teams. Since then they are just 5-6 with five straight losses away from the Phog. Their recent road woes are troubling and this group is the first since 2009 to not be in the top-25.
In their first game since dropping out of the polls, Kansas throttled Oklahoma State behind David McCormack and a stingy defense. It was a much-needed win after the Jayhawks dropped five of seven games, including double-digit setbacks to West Virginia and Tennessee. Offensively the Jayhawks are still trying to find some consistency. They average 74 points but shoot just 35.2 percent from deep.
In an effort to break his team out of their funk, coach Bill Self shortened his bench. Four starters played at least 32 minutes against OSU and the opening five accounted for all but two points. McCormack collected a double-double with 23 points and 10 boards while Myles Garrett had 17 points. KU shot 41 percent but turned the ball over a whopping 19 times. On the other end they held the Cowboys to 35 percent shooting and force 18 turnovers, frustrating Cade Cunningham along the way.
Iowa State Cyclones
When there are so many good teams in a conference winning a bunch of games, someone has to be on the other end. That team in the Big 12 this season is Iowa State. The Cyclones had won at least 20 games in seven of eight seasons before last year’s 12-win fiasco. That carried over and ISU has just two wins in 14 games while dropping eight in a row. Their two victories are over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State, teams with a combined record of 9-21.
In a sign that maybe the Cyclones are turning things around, their last three setbacks have been close. They fell to TCU, Oklahoma and West Virginia by a combined total of 14 points while earning a payout for backers each time. Their three previous games were over by halftime with each one decided by 21 points or more.
Stopping teams has been an issue all season. The Cyclones allow 77.4 points per game with that number even higher during the losing streak. They’ve surrendered at least 76 points in every game and are allowing nearly 82 points during the skid. Leading scorer Rasir Bolton averages nearly 17 points, but the Cyclones just don’t have the firepower to keep up. Wins have been hard to come by but over bettors should take note. ISU’s leaky defense has allowed them to cash the OVER in seven straight games.
Bet Kansas at Iowa State at BookMaker.eu
One way to snap a road losing streak is to play the worst team in the conference. ISU is 2-6 SU and ATS at home, but they beat Kansas in three of the last four meetings in Ames. Taking all that into account, I’m going to back the home team with the points in this matchup.
College Basketball Score Prediction: Kansas 80, Iowa State 75
Access live betting lines from your mobile device at BookMaker sportsbook! Real-time spreads, totals, props and money line are all available so start betting with BookMaker today.
– Phil Simon, Gambling911.com