Kansas State at Kansas – CBB Pick 3/5/24

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Kansas State vs. Kansas CBB Pick
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Kansas State Faces Monumental Challenge in Rivalry Showdown

The Kansas State Wildcats head into Lawrence on Tuesday night with their backs against the wall. A heartbreaking last-second loss to Cincinnati left their NCAA Tournament hopes hanging by a thread, and now they face the daunting task of defeating the #14 Kansas Jayhawks on their legendary home court. K-State hasn’t tasted victory at Allen Fieldhouse since 2006, adding even more pressure to this must-win scenario.

The Wildcats’ recent slide has been alarming, losing 8 of their last 11 games and leaving them with a 17-12 overall record. Worse, their road performances have been dismal, mustering just two wins away from home. Their 7-9 Big 12 record places them squarely in 10th place, desperately needing a miracle run.

Kansas State beat Kansas at home earlier in the year, 75-70 in OT.

Betonline and wagerweb sportsbooks opened Kansas as a -10 point favorite.

Kansas State 14-1 at Home

On the other side, Kansas awaits. Despite their own struggles (9-7 in conference), the Jayhawks boast a formidable 21-8 record and a virtually impenetrable 14-1 mark at home. Their potent offense, ranked 5th nationally in field goal percentage, poses a significant threat to K-State’s lackluster defense.

However, our model offers a glimmer of hope. Recent trends suggest the game could be closer than anticipated. Our model has Kansas winning by just 3, 73-70 when using data from the last 7 games only.

For K-State, snatching this Quadrant 1 win would be a lifeline, but they’d still need to beat #8 Iowa State at home to truly salvage their tournament aspirations.

Key Factors to Watch:

  • K-State’s Late-Game Execution: Can the Wildcats avoid the mental lapse that cost them the Cincinnati game?
  • Kansas’s Shooting Advantage: Will the Jayhawks’ sharpshooting overwhelm K-State’s defense?
  • Rebound Battle: Can K-State prevent Kansas from dominating the boards, a key factor in home-court advantage.
  • The Allen Fieldhouse Factor: Will the legendary crowd energy rattle the Wildcats or inspire them to defy history?

Our Pick – Kansas State +10

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