Kansas Jayhawks at Kansas State Wildcats – NCAAM February 17

8 p.m. ET – No. 23 Kansas (-12.5) at Kansas State O/U: 134

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Kansas -13 (-105) -1100 O 134 (-110)
Kansas State
+13 (-115) +700 U 134 (-110)

The 15-7 Jayhawks travel to the “Little Apple,” also known as Manhattan, Kansas, to take on the 5-17 Wildcats in this season’s second edition of the “Sunflower Showdown.” Kansas defeated Iowa State 64-50 on Saturday for its third win in a row. Kansas State lost 67-60 to Oklahoma State on Saturday, marking its 12th loss in a row. These two teams met in Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 2, where Kansas prevailed 74-51 in a game that was over from the opening tip.

Kansas Jayhawks LogoKansas is led by guard Ochai Agbaji who averages 13.9 points per game. Agbaji had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field in the first matchup. Forward David McCormack had 18 points and 10 rebounds in the first game, leading both categories for either team. Kansas State is led by guard Nijel Pack who leads the team with 12.6 points per game.

Pack was held to 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting in the previous matchup, which still led his team in scoring.

Kansas State Wildcats LogoKansas State has lost 12 straight games outright, but they have covered three games in a row since the first matchup against Kansas. The Wildcats covered the spread in outings against Texas Tech, Texas and Oklahoma State, all of which are powerhouses in the Big 12. So while it hasn’t shown itself yet in the win-loss column, they’ve shown improvement.

Please Note:
The issue for the Wildcats is that they are not the only team that has gotten better since these two teams met in early February. The Jayhawks have covered four of their last five, with three of those being double-digit spreads they were able to cover with ease. It’s impossible to forget the brawl that happened last year when these two teams met, so there is no doubt that the players involved who are still around won’t have forgotten it, either.

It is hard to sneak up on a rival anyway, and especially to sneak up one that is far superior in a rivalry that is heated in which some bad blood lingers from the past. Despite the sizeable spread, lay the points with the Jayhawks in a game where they should handle the inferior Wildcats with ease.

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