NCAA Betting: Kansas State at Kansas Jayhawks
By: Joe Freda
Friday, January 28, 2011
Josh Selby’s 17 points pushed Kansas past Colorado this week, 82-78.
The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks have a 1-5 spread record in their last six games, with the ‘total’ splitting at 3-3. Bill Self’s squad hosts Saturday’s matchup against the Kansas State Wildcats, who have seen the ‘under’ cash at 4-1 in their last five contests.
Kansas escaped with Tuesday’s 82-78 win as a 7 ½-point road favorite against the Colorado Buffaloes. The Jayhawks allowed Colorado to drain 9-of-13 three-point shots, while sizably clinching the battle for rebounds, 35-19.
Jayhawks guard Josh Selby notched team-highs of 17 points and five assists. The freshman suffered an ankle injury during the duel, but is listed as “probable” by DonBest.com to return for Saturday’s game.
Selby’s mate Markieff Morris grabbed a team-high 11 boards, while finishing with six points. The junior forward recorded three turnovers for the third time in five games.
The tight affair’s combined 160 points leaped above the ‘total’ of 153, bringing the ‘over’ to 5-3 in the Jayhawks' last eight games. Both squads united to sink 29-of-35 free throws.
Kansas is 2-5 against the spread in its last seven home dates, with the ‘under’ cashing at 4-3. Morris and Co. have given up a stingy 60.3 PPG in that span.
Kansas State ended a two-game losing streak with Monday’s 69-61 win as a six-point home favorite against the Baylor Bears. The Wildcats were held to 36.5 percent field shooting, while going 25-for-31 at the foul line.
Wildcats guard Jacob Pullen piled in a team-high 17 points, playing 38 minutes. The senior added four boards and two assists, while committing a sizable five turnovers.
Kansas State’s Curtis Kelly and Rodney McGruder each notched a team-high seven rebounds. The duo united for 25 points, with Kelly adding three of his squad’s five steals.
The duel’s combined 130 points ducked ‘under’ the ‘total’ of 138. The Wildcats allowed Baylor to hit 40.4 percent of its field buckets, while outrebounding their rival, 33-23.
Kansas State is 0-6 ATS in its last six games away from home, with the ‘under’ collecting at 5-1. Frank Martin’s crew has been held to 58 PPG in that stretch.
Kansas is 5-1 ATS in its last six meetings against Kansas State, with the ‘over’ going 4-2.
The foes most recently clashed in last March’s Big 12 Conference Tournament championship game, with Kansas winning, 72-64, as a six-point favorite at Kansas City’s Sprint Center. Pullen hit a sparse 1-of-8 from beyond the arc for Kansas State, who allowed the Jayhawks to connect at 44.2 percent from the field.
Saturday’s tip is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT), with ESPN providing the national television coverage.
Kansas will have two days off before resuming action with Tuesday’s road matchup against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Kansas State will be idle for three days, returning home for Wednesday’s battle against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.