Kansas State Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas State Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas State (+18.5)
The Kansas Jayhawks (11-6) play the Kansas State Wildcats (5-13) at Allen Fieldhouse on Tuesday. Kansas opens this contest as 18.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 133.
Kansas State steps onto the court with a record of 5-13 so far this year. They turn it over 15.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 17.3 fouls every game. As a team, Kansas State is pulling down 32.2 boards per contest and has earned 246 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 55th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. The Wildcats are hitting 29.8% on shots from downtown (123 of 413) and 66.5% from the charity stripe. They average 63.0 points per game (329th in the country) while hitting 42.1% from the floor. Defensively, the Wildcats have forced 12.9 turnovers per game while drawing 15.3 fouls. They currently rank 329th in college hoops in giving up assists with 261 surrendered on the season. The Wildcats defense is allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 48.2% (471 of 978) and they relinquish 32.2 rebounds per game as a team. They give up 39.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 258th in college basketball in points per game from their opponents (73.8).
The Kansas State Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Texas A&M Aggies and took a loss by a score of 68-61 in their last contest. Kansas State finished with a 41.1% FG percentage (23 of 56) and made 10 of their 35 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Wildcats made 5 of 9 attempts for a percentage of 55.6%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they collected 29 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 15 dimes for the matchup while getting 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. With respect to defense, Kansas State let their opponent shoot 41.1% from the field on 23 of 56 shooting. Texas A&M earned 7 dimes and had 8 steals for this game. In addition, the Aggies pulled down 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Texas A&M finished the game at 84.6% when shooting free throws by converting 22 of 26 attempts. They converted 6 of their 14 tries from three-point range.
Nijel Pack is someone who came through in the game. He racked up 26 points on 9 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 38 minutes and totaled 3 rebounds. Pack shot 56.3% from the floor and recorded 5 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Wildcats was Mike McGuirl. He grabbed 3 boards and accounted for 6 assists. He ended up going 40.0% from the field in this contest by connecting on 4-of-10 (10 points). Overall, McGuirl saw the court for 38 minutes.
Kansas has a record of 11-6 so far this year. The Jayhawks are committing 15.8 personal fouls per game and they go 71.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 13.7 times per game (145th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.7 times per game. Kansas has 1,250 points for the season (73.5 per contest) and they grab 37.7 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Jayhawks are connecting on 44.1% from the floor, which ranks them 193rd in the country. The Jayhawks on defense are ranked 128th in college hoops in PPG given up with 68.2. They have given up 11.5 assists and 33.5 boards every game, which has them ranked 82nd and 105th in Division 1. The Kansas defense gives up 35.4% on three-point shots (133 of 376) and opponents are connecting on 71.7% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 42.1% from the field (133rd in D-1).
When they last played, the Kansas Jayhawks took a loss by a final score of 80-61 against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Jayhawks were able to collect 18 defensive boards and 4 offensive boards totaling 22 for the contest. They rejected 2 shots while recording 6 steals for this contest. The Volunteers were called for 16 personal fouls for the contest which got the Jayhawks to the free throw line for a total of 22 attempts. They were able to make 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 68.2%. In relation to shooting from distance, Kansas converted 6 out of their 24 attempts (25.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Jayhawks finished the game shooting 20 out of 53 from the field which had them at 37.7%. The Jayhawks allowed the Volunteers to knock down 28 of 53 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 52.8% for this contest. They went 61.5% from three-point range by connecting on 8 of 13 and ended up shooting 16 of 17 from the free throw line (94.1%). Concerning rebounding, Kansas allowed Tennessee to get 38 in total (7 on the offensive side).
David McCormack ended up being a factor for the Jayhawks for the contest. He knocked down 8 out of 12 in this contest for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which earned him 17 points. McCormack grabbed 2 boards in his 33 mins and earned 2 dimes for the contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Kansas was Marcus Garrett. He ended up walking away with 15 points in his 34 minutes played by way of 4 out of 7 from the floor in the game. Garrett ended up shooting 57.1% from the field while also collecting 4 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas (-18.5)
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