No. 7 Kansas State visits No. 8 Kansas two weeks after upsetting Jayhawks
No. 7 Kansas State visits No. 8 Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence in what should be one of the best games of the season.
Kansas State upset Kansas just two weeks ago at K-State but have won just three of their last five games, including that upset win. The Jayhawks didn’t handle the 83-82 overtime loss to K-State well, losing three straight games before righting the ship against Kentucky on Saturday.
Kansas State has won three of its last four games and covered the spread in all four. Keyontae Johnson racked up 24 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block in the last meeting between these two teams and he’ll have to have another big game if the Wildcats are going to pull off the upset in Kansas tonight. Desi Sills also went off in that game, scoring 24 points off the bench, knocking down 7-of-11 shots. Junior forward Nae’Qwan Tomlin hit 5-of-11 shots for 15 points, 10 rebounds and two steals in the win. They also got to the line 33 times, won the battle of the boards and swiped six steals in that win.
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These two teams clearly don’t like each other and the tension can be cut with a knife each time they play. Kansas got 38 points from junior forward Jalen Wilson in the earlier meeting as Wilson hit 12-of-25 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws in the loss, while also hauling in nine rebounds. Sophomore forward K.J. Adams Jr. hit all six of his shots for 17 points and four assists in that one, and freshman guard Gradey Dick hit just 4-of-13 shots and one 3-pointer for 16 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks. Junior guard DaJuan Harris Jr. missed six of his seven shots in the previous meeting, but did have three points, 11 assists and two steals to give the Jayhawks a chance in the overtime loss. Kansas’ downfall in the first meeting was its inability to convert from beyond the arc as the team hit just six of its 29 3-point attempts. They also lost that game at the line, hitting 71 percent of their free throws as Adams hit just 5-of-10 attempts from the stripe.
The Jayhawks fans in Lawrence are going to be worked into a frenzy for this one and Kansas will be looking to exact revenge for what happened two weeks ago, but giving away 8.5 points to the Wildcats is a lot in what will be such an intense game and atmosphere. Especially, given the fact the Jayhawks have failed to cover five straight times on its home court. We’re going to take K-State and the points while hoping that the road atmosphere doesn’t create a blowout situation.
Pick: Kansas State +8.5
Prop 1: Jalen Wilson Over 21.5 points
Prop 2: Keyontae Johnson Over 16.5 points
Prop 3: Gradey Dick Over 14.5 points