Free College Basketball Picks: Kansas State vs. Kansas

Jeff Grant

Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:58 PM GMT

Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013 12:58 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks have won all seven all-time meetings against the Kansas State Wildcats in Big 12 Championship play, as the two in-state rivals prepare to face off at the Sprint Center Saturday.


Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for the third installment of the Sunflower Showdown during the 2012-13 season, with the opening tip scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Let SBR be your 2013 NCAA Tournament betting headquarters.

Taking care of business

Kansas State has won and covered the spread in its first two games of the conference tournament, including a 68-57 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys as 1.5-point favorites Friday night, while going UNDER the posted total of 132.

The Wildcats are 5-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last six Saturday games, while the OVER is on an 8-2 run in that situation.

Not a surprise 

It’s not very surprising that Kansas landed in this spot, considering it will play in the title game for the 10th time in the 17-year history of the event, as it comes off an impressive 88-73 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones as 5.5-point favorites Friday.

The Jayhawks have covered the spread in nine of their last 10 games versus Big 12 foes, while the OVER is 4-1 in their last five neutral site games. 

Series history

College basketball handicappers will be interested in laying the points with the Jayhawks when the number is released on the SBR Odds page, as they’ve gone 46-3 against the Wildcats since the 1994-95 campaign. 

Kansas has won and covered the spread in the two regular-season meetings this year, including a 83-62 blowout victory as 7.5-point home favorites Feb. 11, while going OVER the posted total of 130.5.

The Jayhawks are 7-0 versus the Wildcats in this event, which could lead to the favorite improving to 25-7 ATS in the last 32 meetings in this rivalry. 

Keep an eye on the second-half line

If you don’t pull the trigger on a side before tipoff in this affair, I recommend keeping a close eye on the second-half line, as it could provide some value.

Kansas is 25-1 when leading at the half this season, while Kansas State is 24-1 in that particular situation. 

On a neutral floor this year, the Jayhawks have outscored foes by 5.8 points per game in the final 20 minutes, while the Wildcats have a minus-1.7 differential in that category.

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Prediction 

I’m going to establish the Jayhawks as 6.5-point neutral-site favorites in this game. When it comes time to place your NCAA Basketball pickswhich means you’d back them at a price of six or lower, while the Wildcats would be an attractive option at seven or above.

Handicapper Line:  Kansas Jayhawks -6.5

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