Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick – NCAAM February 2, 2021

The Kansas State Wildcats are on the road at Allen Fieldhouse searching for their first win since December 29. They beat a talentless Omaha Mavericks squad in that contest, 60-58. I don’t even know if you want to consider that a win against a bad Summit League team. Omaha are 2-14 overall and 0-6 in the Summit League, so a narrow win over the Mavericks was nothing to feel good about.

It was a precursor for what was to come for Kansas State. They’re currently on an eight-game losing streak going into Kansas for a meeting with the Jayhawks. The last win that Kansas State has produced that I’ve been impressed with was on December 15 on the road against Iowa State, 74-65. After getting blown out by Baylor, 100-69, after the win over the Cyclones, Kansas State has not looked the same.

The Wildcats are going into Tuesday night with a record of 5-13. Only five of their 18 games have been on the road, where they’ve recorded one win. That was the 74-65 win over Iowa State I noted above. Perhaps a trip to Allen Fieldhouse for a rivalry game against Kansas can wake them up. If there’s any game Kansas State wants to win on their schedule, it has to be over the Jayhawks.

Kansas is hanging onto the No. 23 spot in the NCAA, but they’re remaining ranked by a thread. The Jayhawks are coming off a disappointing performance against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday. It was a non-competitive game, as Tennessee spanked Kansas by a score of 80-61. It was their fourth loss in their previous five outings. All four of those games were on the road, so the Jayhawks will certainly be glad to be back at Allen Fieldhouse. Head below for our free Kansas State vs. Kansas pick on February 2, 2021.

Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Kansas St. +18 (-110)
  • Kansas -18 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Kansas St. +1155
  • Kansas -2215
Total:

  • Over 132.5 (-110)
  • Under 132.5 (-110)

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Kansas State vs. Kansas Prediction:

This hasn’t been a textbook season for the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks might be ranked, but they definitely haven’t looked like a ranked team recently. That said, their reasonably strong defense should be able to have their way against a Wildcats team that has continually struggled to score the ball. Having scored just 63 points per game going into tonight, Kansas State ranks outside of the top-300 for 329th in the NCAA.

The Jayhawks should be able to limit the Wildcats in this one. They didn’t look motivated at Tennessee, but back at Allen Fieldhouse in a rivalry game, expect a much more focused Kansas squad tonight. Note that Kansas has conceded an average of 68.2 points per game for 130th in the country.

Rather average, but they’ve been a better defensive unit at home. Kansas has conceded only 62 points per game at Allen Fieldhouse, just about around what Kansas State averages per game. In their last five games, K-State has netted only 56.8 points per game. If the Wildcats bring the same form, they are not going to be competitive in this one.

The Wildcats have gotten whipped for 82.4 points against on the road this season. It’s about ten points worse than what they have conceded cumulatively. Note that Kansas has gone 7-1 at home, with their lone loss on January 2 against a quality Texas Longhorns squad. All of their recent struggles have been a result of a road trip.

Not only hasn’t Kansas State been winning, but they’re doing a bad job covering spreads as well. The Wildcats have gone 0-4 ATS in their previous four outings. In their previous nine games, Kansas State has covered just two games. They are 4-13 ATS going into this contest against the Jayhawks. I think Kansas just gets there to cover in a 81-59 game.

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KANSAS JAYHAWKS -18
Kyle E / Author

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