Kansas State vs Iowa State NCAA Basketball Spread Preview

Posted by Eric Williams on February 25, 2016 in

17th-ranked Iowa State may have the worst defense in the Big 12 and they’ve been wildly inconsistent over the last two weeks. Still, the tourney-bound Cyclones will have a great opportunity to get pick up a victory when they host a Kansa State Wildcats team that is struggling at the worst time possible. Now, let’s find out who’s going to win this Big 12 NCAAB betting lines battle.

How To Bet The Kansas State Wildcats vs. No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones NCAAB Odds & TV Info

When: Saturday February 27, 6:00 PM
Where: Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa
Radio: KASI 1430
TV Stream: WatchESPN

Why Bet The Kansas State Wildcats

K-State (15-13 SU, 14-10-1 ATS) has lost two straight and four of their last five games overall, including their heartbreaking 71-70 loss against No. 25 Texas as a 1.5-point home favorite on Monday. Kansas State got a team-high 20 points, to go along with eight rebounds and five assists from guard Justin Edwards while D.J. Johnson added 16 points and guard Wesley Iwundu, 12.

Kansas State (15-13, 4-11 Big 12) had a chance to win the game after Texas guard Javan Felix missed the front end of a one-and-one with 14 seconds left. Unfortunately, freshman forward Dean Wade narrowly missed a three-point attempt just before time expired. “It was a great shot,” Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. “What can you say? Dean’s open and (we’ve) got them in a scramble. Next time he’ll make that shot. He’ll probably make a bunch of them here before his career is over.”

K-State averages 70.9 points per game while allowing 67.2 points per game defensively.

Why Bet The Iowa State Cyclones

The Cyclones (19-9 SU, 12-12-1 ATS) have been maddening in alternating SU wins and losses over their last seven games and come into this contest off a humbling 97-87 loss against West Virginia on Monday as 6-point road dogs. Forward Abdel Nader scored a team-high 23 points to lead six players in double figures for the Cyclones, but the Cyclones’ defense has been nearly non-existent recently. “If we can just get middle-of-the-pack, get three more stops a game,” said coach Steve Prohm. “Our offensive numbers are better than last season, but defensively, we’ve got to keep things tighter. And when they miss, we’ve got to get it.”

Iowa State was out rebounded for the 10th consecutive game while allowing West Virginia to grab an insane 18 offensive boards. Iowa State’s bench got outscored 69-10 in the loss. The Cyclones average a stellar 83.1 points per game while allowing 75.9 points per contest defensively.

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Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Iowa State has won three of the last four meetings and they’re my pick to get the win again, mostly because they can score the ball like crazy – and face a K-State team that is struggling at the worst time.

Iowa State beat K-State 76-63 on January 16 to cash in as a 1.5-point road favorite and the Wildcats are a winless 0-5 SU in their last five road dates against the Cyclones. Kansas State is just 2-5 ATS in its last seven road games against the Cyclones and averages almost 13 fewer points per game than Iowa State.

Sheer desperation will drive the Cyclones to get the much-needed win.

My final score prediction: Iowa State 77 Kansas State 69