Kansas Jayhawks vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 2/17/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas Jayhawks vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Location: Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas (-12.5)
The Kansas Jayhawks (15-7) head to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday where they'll meet the Kansas State Wildcats (5-17). Kansas opens this game as 12.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 135.5.
Kansas comes into this matchup with a record of 15-7 this year. The Jayhawks are shooting 35.5% on three-point attempts (173 of 487) and 72.4% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 74.6 pts per contest (104th in the nation) while going 44.0% from the field. They turn it over 12.5 times per game and as a unit are committing 15.6 personal fouls per game. As a team, Kansas is collecting 38.3 boards per contest and has totaled 307 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 40th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Jayhawks are forcing 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.5 fouls. The Jayhawks defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 41.3% (533 of 1,289) and they surrender 33.6 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 222nd in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 248 surrendered on the season. They are relinquishing 34.4% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 96th in D-1 in points per game allowed (67.4).
The Kansas Jayhawks faced off with the Iowa State Cyclones and walked away with a win by a score of 64-50 in their last contest. Kansas ended the game with a 35.8% field goal percentage (24 out of 67) and made 7 of 23 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Jayhawks converted 9 of their 12 attempts for a percentage of 75.0%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 32 with 13 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 15 assists for this game while earning 10 steals and 3 blocked shots. In regard to defending, Kansas allowed the other team to go 35.8% from the floor on 24 of 67 shooting. Iowa State doled out 7 dimes and had 2 steals in the game. In addition, the Cyclones had 33 rebounds (6 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Iowa State finished shooting 92.3% from the free throw line by making 12 of their 13 tries. They buried 4 of their 11 attempts from beyond the arc.
Jalen Wilson is one player who was important in this game. He walked away with 22 points on 7 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 mins and also totaled 10 boards. Wilson ended up going 46.7% from the field and earned 4 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Jayhawks was David McCormack. He pulled down 8 rebounds and also accumulated 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the field in the matchup by shooting 6-of-12 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, McCormack was on the court for 21 minutes.
Kansas State has a mark of 5-17 on the year. The Wildcats are committing 17.2 fouls per game while shooting 66.0% from the charity stripe. They are assisting teammates 13.2 times per game (176th in college basketball) and they cough up possession 15.0 times per contest. Kansas State has tallied 1,384 points for the year (62.9 per contest) and they collect 32.3 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Wildcats are hitting on 42.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 282nd in Division 1. The Wildcats defensively are ranked 265th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 73.7. They give up 14.9 assists and 32.4 boards every game, which has them ranked 294th and 70th in those categories. The Kansas State defense surrenders 39.4% from downtown (196 of 498) and opponents are connecting on 73.4% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 12.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 47.6% from the field (326th in college hoops).
When they last stepped on the court, the Kansas State Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 67-60 against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Wildcats snagged 25 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 34 in the game. They rejected 2 attempts while recording 9 steals for the contest. The Cowboys earned 13 fouls in this matchup which took the Wildcats to the free throw line for a total of 12 tries. They were able to knock down 7 of the free throw tries for a rate of 58.3%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Kansas State converted 5 of their 19 attempts (26.3%). When the game finished, the Wildcats finished shooting 24 out of 61 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.3%. The Wildcats allowed the Cowboys to make 24 out of their 59 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 40.7% for this game. They finished shooting 35.7% from behind the 3-point line by going 10 of 28 and finished the contest at 9 out of 9 from the free throw line (100.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, Kansas State allowed Oklahoma State to snag 33 overall (6 on the offensive side).
Antonio Gordon was important for the Wildcats for this game. He converted 7 of 13 in this game giving him a rate of 53.8%, which got him 15 points. Gordon snagged 14 rebounds in his 37 minutes and accounted for 2 dimes in this contest. One more player that was important for Kansas State was Nijel Pack. He ended up walking away with 14 points in his 36 minutes played via 5 of 16 shooting in this contest. Pack wrapped this one up going 31.3% from the field while totaling 3 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas (-12.5)
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