NCAA Basketball Pick: Bet Kansas -7 Over Iowa State as Jayhawks Look for 19th Consecutive Victory at Home

Jeff Grant

Monday, February 2, 2015 12:47 PM GMT

Kansas enjoys a tremendous advantage over Big 12 opponents when playing at Allen Fieldhouse, which provides it betting value as a home favorite on NCAA basketball odds against Iowa State.

Close Encounters
Iowa State’s seven Big 12 Conference games have been decided by an average of 5.9 points, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds, as it comes off an 83-66 victory over TCU as 10-point home favorites last time out.

The Cyclones are one of the top offensive teams in the nation, as they occupy the No. 14 spot in averaging 80.3 points per game, while sit 18th in knocking down 49.1 percent of their shots.

All five projected starters are averaging in double figures, with junior forward Georges Niang leading the way, as he scores 15.2 points a contest and ranks 19th on the school’s all-time list in scoring.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 6-14 SU and 10-10 ATS as underdogs.

 

Solid Basketball
Kansas has won nine of its last 10 games, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks, as it looks to build off an impressive 68-57 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats last Saturday.

The Jayhawks have won their last 19 overall games at Allen Fieldhouse, which is currently tied for eighth on the active list for longest home-court win streaks entering the week.

It’s important to point out that the school is a betting favorite in this matchup due to being the 10-time defending Big 12 regular-season champion, and currently holds a one-game lead in this year’s standings.

Since the start of the 2012-13 campaign, the squad is 11-5 SU and 9-7 ATS in the month of February.

 

First 20 Minutes
The Cyclones are looking for their first regular-season sweep in this series since 2000-01, which means they’ll need to start fast in a hostile environment, as they’ve compiled a 90-10 SU record when leading at the half under head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Iowa State shot 55.6 percent from the floor in last week’s wins over TCU and Texas, while it knocked down 31 of 61 attempts from the floor in its 86-81 victory over Kansas as 3.5-point home favorites on Jan. 17.

 

Revenge
The Jayhawks will be properly motivated to earn a split in this regular-season series, while also picking up their 19th consecutive victory at home versus conference opponents.

Kansas will lean heavily on leading scorer Perry Ellis on the offensive end, as he’s averaged 23 points in his last three games versus Iowa State, while he also paces the team in grabbing 6.8 boards a contest.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as they’ve gone 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points in their last five opportunities, while the Cyclones are 2-3 ATS versus teams with a winning record after 15 or more games.

Free NCAA Basketball Pick:  Kansas Jayhawks -7 at Pinnacle Sports

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