The fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks were given a run for their money when they visited the Kansas State Wildcats last month but pulled out a 78-75 victory. It was Kansas’ fifth straight win in the all-time series and 14th in the last 15 meetings between the in-state rivals. The Jayhawks (22-4, 11-2 Big 12) look to continue their dominance when they host the Wildcats (14-12, 6-8) in the 2022 Sunflower Showdown on Tuesday. Kansas is coming off a 71-58 triumph at West Virginia on Saturday, while Kansas State suffered an 82-79 overtime loss at Oklahoma State.
Tipoff from the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. is set for 9 p.m. ET. The Jayhawks are 12.5-point favorites in the latest Kansas vs. Kansas State odds at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 141.5. Before making any Kansas State vs. Kansas picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Kansas vs. Kansas State spread: Jayhawks -12.5
- Kansas vs. Kansas State over-under: 141.5 points
- Kansas vs. Kansas State money line: Jayhawks -800, Wildcats +550
- KU: The Jayhawks are 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games following an ATS win
- KSU: The Wildcats are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 road contests
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Why Kansas can cover
The Jayhawks are 202-94 in the all-time series and 37-6 under head coach Bill Self. They own a 92-35 record in Lawrence and are 51-18 at the Allen Fieldhouse, winning each of the last 15 contests there. Kansas trailed by 16 points at halftime on Jan. 22 at Kansas State but poured it on in the second half and outscored the Wildcats 9-0 over the final three minutes.
Ochai Agbaji led the Jayhawks in that matchup with 29 points and ranks first in the conference — and 19th nationally — with an average of 20 points per game. The senior guard was named Co-Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 21.5 points in two contests, marking the fourth time this season he has earned the honor. Abgaji also leads the conference in 3-point field-goal percentage (43.7) while Kansas is first in the Big 12 in scoring offense (79.2 points) and field-goal percentage (49.2).
Why Kansas State can cover
Nijel Pack leads the Wildcats with an average of 17.5 points and recorded 16 in the team’s 82-79 overtime loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The sophomore guard has reached double digits in 17 consecutive games and 23 of 24 this campaign. Pack led all players in scoring in Kansas State’s loss to Kansas on Jan. 22 with a career-high 35 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 8-of-12 from 3-point range.
Mark Smith is second on the team with 12.3 points per game and first with an average of 8.6 rebounds. The senior guard recorded 15 points and 10 boards against Oklahoma State for his second straight double-double and eighth this season. Junior guard Markquis Nowell has bounced back nicely from a 0-of-6 shooting performance against Baylor on Feb. 9, scoring in double figures in three consecutive contests during which he’s gone 10-for-21 from beyond the arc.
How to make Kansas State vs. Kansas picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 140 combined points. It also says one side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time. You can only get the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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