Wednesday college basketball odds: Iowa State at No. 6 Kansas
It’s the Big 12 opener for Iowa State and Kansas on Wednesday night, and it’s the type of win that could really boost Iowa State’s NCAA Tournament stock down the road. But KU is a big favorite on WagerWeb.com.
The Cyclones have won four straight. Last time out they beat Yale 80-70. Will Clyburn scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the second half as Iowa State survived Yale’s upset bid. Clyburn’s three-point play fueled a 17-5 second-half run for the Cyclones (10-3). Tyrus McGee and Georges Niang added 14 points apiece off the bench for Iowa State, which trailed the Bulldogs by as many as 12 points in the first half. The Cyclones converted just one of their first seven field-goal tries and two of their first seven from the free-throw line as Yale led nearly the entire first half. Iowa State shot 25.9 percent before the break.
Iowa State leads the Big 12 in scoring at 82.0 points per game and has a +15.0 scoring margin. The Cyclones also lead the conference in rebounding at 43.4 boards per game and rebound margin at +10.8. ISU averages 16.8 assists and 8.2 steals per contest and shoots 45.8 percent from the field, including 35.8 percent from three-point range.
Kansas’ only loss this season was early to Michigan State. The Jayhawks have won 11 straight since then. They beat a good Temple team 69-62 in the last game. Jeff Withey had perhaps the most impactful game of the Jayhawks’ four senior starters. He only scored eight points on 3-of-10 shooting, but he also had 11 boards and nine blocks. Kevin Young finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Travis Releford had 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting, none of his baskets bigger than that 3 from the wing with 34.9 seconds left.
Kansas starts four seniors, including three fifth-year seniors, and one freshman. Redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore leads the team in scoring at 15.6 points per game, which leads all Big 12 freshmen and ranks third overall in the conference. Kansas averages 77.7 points per game and is giving up 59.2 for a Big 12-leading +18.5 scoring margin. KU is outrebounding foes 39.4 to 32.9 and averages 6.8 steals, while also leading the conference in field goal percentage at 49.9 and blocked shots at 8.4.
Kansas leads the all-time series with Iowa State 171-59, dating back to 1908 and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings. KU holds an 88-15 advantage in games played in Lawrence, including a 47-9 record versus Iowa State in Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks have defeated the Cyclones seven straight times in Allen Fieldhouse since 2006. Iowa State is one of only seven teams to have won in Allen Fieldhouse during the Bill Self era, which began in 2003-04. The Cyclones defeated the Jayhawks 63-61 on Feb. 19, 2005.
WagerWeb.com trends: Cyclones are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. Cyclones are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Kansas. Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.