Kansas and Kansas State top Monday NCAA betting

By: Willie Bee | Sunday, February 13, 2011
Jacob Pullen

Jacob Pullen brings an 18 PPG mark into Monday’s game with Kansas.

A No. 1 team arrived at Bramlage Coliseum about 13 months ago and promptly left Manhattan with its tail between its legs.  The Kansas State Wildcats hope to repeat that performance Monday night and grab at least a little bit of redemption for a disappointing season when they host the Kansas Jayhawks.

Tip-off from the K-State campus comes a little past 6 p.m. (PT) with ESPN providing the telecast following the West Virginia, Syracuse matchup at the Carrier Dome.

Ohio State's loss at Wisconsin sets up Kansas, No. 2 according to last week's rankings, to assume the top spot on the college basketball totem pole.  The irony is that it would not have been so unbelievable to think before the season started it could have been Kansas State (16-9 straight up, 9-13 against the spread) ranked No. 1 coming into this contest.

Ranked No. 3 by the coaches in the preseason, the 2010-11 Wildcats have been a miserable lot with early losses to Florida and UNLV plus the suspension of two key players setting the tone for their disappointing showing that includes an ugly 4-6 record in the Big 12.

A win on Monday could help make up for some of that.  Kansas State proved a year ago it can take down a No. 1 when the Wildcats slapped Texas by a 71-62 count just a week after the Longhorns had moved up to the top slot in the polls.  Even if Kansas is not on top of the rankings, this game will be a much tougher test for K-State who has lost its last seven to their rivals from Lawrence.

The Wildcats enter the week off Saturday's 58-56 defeat at Colorado that was a millisecond from being a 59-58 Kansas State victory.  Rodney McGruder's successful three-point shot at the end of the game was ruled to have come after the game clock expired, and the Buffaloes had their first regular-season sweep of the Wildcats in seven years.

Saturday's loss came as a one-point underdog and snapped a modest two-game win streak for Kansas State, marking its third loss against the NCAA odds in four games.  Both games against Colorado this campaign stayed 'under' the total, continuing that trend for the Wildcats who are 14-5 'under' this season, 3-1 below the number in conference home games.

Kansas (24-1 SU, 13-10 ATS) ran its winning stretch to six games with Saturday's easy 89-66 romp at home over Iowa State.  Marcus and Markieff Morris each recorded double-doubles in the victory, Marcus scoring 16 points with 11 boards while Markieff added 14 points and the same rebound total.

All six games during the Jayhawks' win streak have gone 'over' the total leaving them 14-7 to the high side this season, 5-0 'over' in conference road tilts.  Kansas is 5-1 ATS during the streak that started after their lone defeat of season Jan. 22 to Texas, 74-63.

The Jayhawks enjoyed an easy 90-66 home win on Jan. 29 over Kansas State, easily covering the 10-point spread NCAA oddsmakers laid on them.  The Morris Brothers came up big in that game as well, combining for 30 points and 18 rebounds.

The January win was the seventh straight in the series for Kansas who is 5-2 ATS in the string, the 'over' also 5-2.  Kansas State's last win over the Jayhawks was a Jan. 2008 home win, 84-75 as seven-point underdogs.

Kansas is back home for two after Monday's matchup, first taking on Colorado this Saturday followed by a quick turnaround to face Oklahoma State next Monday (Feb. 21).  Kansas State will stay at home for Saturday's matchup with Oklahoma.

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