NCAA Basketball Picks & Predictions for Kansas vs. Iowa State

Jeff Grant

Monday, January 13, 2014 3:17 PM GMT

The Iowa State Cyclones might be without one of the more dynamic players in the country Monday night, as they prepare to host the Kansas Jayhawks. What does this development mean for those looking at this game with their NCAA Basketball picks?

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big 12 Conference matchup at the Hilton Coliseum, with the opening tip scheduled for 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Updated 2014 NCAA Basketball Future Odds

Playing solid basketball 

Kansas is playing its best basketball of the 2013-14 campaign, as it has compiled a 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS record over its last six games, including an 86-60 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats as 11.5-point home favorites last Saturday. 

The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 79.1 points per game—leading directly to a +10.4 scoring margin. 

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 17-2 SU and 9-10 ATS in January, with the UNDER going 12-5 in that situation. 

Bouncing back 

Iowa State is 14-0 SU at home following a road loss in its last 14 opportunities, as it looks to bounce back from an 87-82 setback to the Oklahoma Sooners as 4.5-point road favorites last time out. 

The Cyclones might be without the services of senior guard DeAndre Kane, who is listed as doubtful on the injury report with an ankle injury that he suffered in the closing minutes versus the Sooners.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 26-16 SU and 29-12-1 ATS versus conference opponents.

Big Monday 

College basketball handicappers will be interested in backing the Jayhawks if they receive points on the odds board, considering they’ve gone 49-16 SU in their last 65 games when featured on ESPN’s Big Monday broadcast. 

It’s also important to point out that Kansas is 29-8 SU against Iowa State since the inception of the Big 12. 

Still capable

The Cyclones are still capable of picking up a victory in this spot without Kane, as they possess one of the deeper rosters in the country, with three others players averaging in double figures. 

Iowa State will need a huge performance out of senior forward Melvin Ejim, who has scored 10 or more points in 17-straight games.  He’s averaged 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in six previous games in this series.

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Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks with their NCAA Basketball picks if they tip off as underdogs in this affair, as they’ve covered 12 of their last 13 games versus conference foes dating back to last season. 

The Cyclones have become one of the nation’s elite teams due to the recent play of Kane, who has averaged 21.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists over his last five games.  That type of production will be missed. 

NCAA Basketball Pick:  Kansas Jayhawks (Only as an underdog)