Iowa State vs. Kansas in Big 12 Semis: NCAAB Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, March 14, 2014 12:10 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks have dominated the Iowa State Cyclones in recent years, as the two teams meet up for the third time since the start of the 2013-14 season Friday night. Find out why we are placing our NCAA Basketball picks on the spread in tonight's matchup.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this semifinal matchup in the 2014 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU. 

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Coming off a physical game 

Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg has mentioned numerous times over the course of the 2013-14 campaign that the Kansas State Wildcats are one of the more physical teams in the country, which could lead to his roster coming up empty in this affair. 

The Iowa State Cyclones picked up a 91-85 victory over the Wildcats as 3.5-point favorites Thursday, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-2 SUATS on a neutral court as an underdog of 3.5 to 6 points. 

A familiar spot 

The Kansas Jayhawks advanced to the semifinal round for the 16th time in the 18-year history of the event, as they picked up a 77-70 overtime victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys as three-point favorites Thursday, while slipping UNDER the betting total of 148.5.

The Jayhawks have been led by freshman guard Andrew Wiggins on the offensive end—scoring 71 combined points over his last two games. 

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 4-1 SUATS in conference tournament play since the start of the 2011-12 campaign.

70 or more 

The Cyclones have scored 70 or more points in 30 of 31 games this season, which includes scoring 151 combined points in their two previous meetings with the Jayhawks. 

Iowa State will need to get a huge performance out of Big 12 Player of the Year Melvin Ejim, who finished with his 32nd career double-double against the Wildcats last time out. 

Quite a situation

The Jayhawks have won five-straight and 18 of the last 19 meetings in this series, while they’ve also compiled a dominating 23-4 SU overall record at this venue. 

Kansas has outshot 25 of its 32 opponents this season, while also winning the battle on the boards 27 times.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks as one of their college basketball picks, as they’ve covered their last nine games in this setting when laying six or fewer points. 

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Kansas Jayhawks -3.5