NCAA Basketball Picks for Kansas vs. Kansas State

Jeff Grant

Monday, February 10, 2014 5:59 PM GMT

Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 5:59 PM GMT

The Kansas State Jayhawks are hoping to gain revenge against the Kansas Jayhawks, as the two teams prepare to participate in ESPN’s Big Monday.

Let’s take a closer look at the college basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference showdown at the Bramlage Coliseum, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET.

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Sitting on top

Kansas owns a two-game lead in the Big 12 standings, as it hits the road after picking up a 83-69 victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers as 13-point home favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the sixth time in seven contests.

The Jayhawks have compiled a dominating 39-3 SU record in this series during the Big 12 era.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS as road favorites of 3.5 to 6 points.

Fallen into a pattern

Kansas State has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a dominating 74-57 victory over the Texas Longhorns as 3.5-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total of 132.5.

The Wildcats have captured five Top 35 RPI wins during the 2013-14 campaign—knocking off George Washington, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

College basketball handicappers will find that the team is 13-5 SU and 10-8 ATS in February the last two-plus seasons.

Big Monday

The Jayhawks have won their last 11 games when featured on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast, while capturing 32 of 40 contests in that situation since head coach Bill Self arrived in Lawrence.

Kansas has four of five probable starters averaging in double figures, with true freshman guard Andrew Wiggins leading the way at 16.0 points a contest.

All about defense

The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in surrendering just 61.8 points per game, as they try and avenge a 86-60 setback to the Jayhawks as 11.5-point road underdogs on Jan. 11.

Kansas’ 86 points and 56.1 field goal percentage were the second-most allowed by Kansas State on the season.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Wildcats as one of their college basketball picks, as the home team is 9-2 ATS in the last 11 meetings in this series.

It’s important to point out the fact that I established Kansas as a three-point road favorite in this affair—a number that offers little value in this matchup.

College Basketball Pick: Kansas State Wildcats +3.5

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