Iowa State at Kansas 3/5/16 NCAAB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
The Kansas Jayhawks have accomplished something remarkable, in that they have won at least a share of the Big 12 title for a dozen consecutive seasons, On Saturday they will take to the floor against the Iowa State Cyclones with some unfinished business. That is certainly the way they see it as they get set for action that is going to get underway at 4 PM ET at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. Even after the opening tip, BetAnySports customers will have an opportunity to place their wagers on the game in progress as they take advantage of what Live Betting Extra has to offer.
Kansas (26-4 SU, 18-9 ATS) could not have been more dominant than they were when they dismantled then-#25 Texas last time out. They outshot the Longhorns by an ungodly margin of 64% to 30% in the 86-56 victory. Perry Ellis had 20 points and eight rebounds in the game, and his veteran presence is obviously going to be critical going forward for the Jayhawks, who are probably going to be a #1 regional seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Iowa State (21-9 SU, 13-13 ATS) is second in the nation with a shooting percentage of 50.6%, and they average 83 points a game, so in that respect they are ready to go up and down the court with the Jayhawks. They got the measure of Bill Self’s team when these teams last faced, riding a 24-7 run in the second half to an 85-72 win, shooting 51.6%. Georges Niang, an All-America candidate, leads the way with 19.4 ppg, and it is clear that ISU hasn’t missed a beat since Steve Prohm, the former coach at Murray State, took over the reins from Fred Hoiberg, who bolted for the Chicago Bulls this season.
In the basketball betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Jayhawks are double-digit favorites:
Kansas, which averages 81.7 points, is going to be dangerous shooting three-pointers, but you probably already knew that. The top four players on the roster in terms of minutes played have made at least 40% of their shots from beyond the arc, and as a team the Jayhawks are 42% from long-range, which is second best in the nation. Iowa State does not rely as much on the triple, but instead banks on superior scoring balance; no less than seven players have averaged at least ten points per game.
The Cyclones are liable to be quite a formidable challenge for anyone who faces them in the NCAA’s, because it is rather difficult to keep pace with them. But BetAnySports patrons know that defense has not been their forte; in fact, they have yielded 43% shooting, which, for teams that aspire to be in the “elite” class, is somewhat bloated.
if the Cyclones are going to try to match up with regard to long-range shooting, they may want to turn to Matt Thomas, who has nailed 43% from the arc, and when you consider the distribution of the scoring, there are few players as valuable as Monte Morris, who has logged 7.2 assists per contest. And Jameel McKay provides solid board work (27 rebounds in last two games) as well as something Kansas does not have much of, which is shot-blocking.
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