Another Sunflower Showdown is set to unfold when the No. 8 Kansas Jayhawks (17-4) host the No. 7 Kansas State Wildcats (18-3) in a Big 12 conference battle on Tuesday night. Kansas has had the overall upper hand in the series lately, winning eight of the last 10 matchups. Despite that recent success, KSU knocked off Kansas 83-82 in overtime on Jan. 17. The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 standings. Meanwhile, Kansas is in fourth place in the conference.
Tipoff from Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Jayhawks are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Kansas State vs. Kansas odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 145.5. Before locking in any Kansas vs. Kansas State picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Kansas vs. Kansas State and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Kansas State vs. Kansas:
- Kansas vs. Kansas State spread: Kansas -8.5
- Kansas vs. Kansas State over/under: 145.5 points
- Kansas vs. Kansas State money line: Kansas -420, Kansas State +320
- KAN: Broke a five-game streak without a cover in win over Kentucky on Saturday
- KSU: 16-5 against the spread this season
- Kansas vs. Kansas State picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Kansas can cover
Sophomore forward K.J. Adams Jr. is a strong finisher at the rim. Adams Jr. has a solid jumper to keep the defense honest while taking efficient shots. He's putting up 10.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and shoots 64% from the floor. Adams Jr. has scored 15-plus in four of his last six games. In the win over Kentucky on Saturday, he had 17 points and shot 8-of-10 from the field.
Senior guard Kevin McCullar Jr. has played well in the backcourt for the Jayhawks. McCullar Jr. is a solid rebounder and scores consistently when he's playing downhill. The Texas native is also able to defend any position one through three. McCullar Jr. averages 10.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He notched a double-double in his last game, dropping 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Why Kansas State can cover
Senior forward Keyontae Johnson is an athletic player on the wing who impacts the game in multiple different ways. Johnson has consistently attacked the paint and excels at scoring on the move. The Virginia native rebounds well for his size and has a relentless motor. He's currently third in the Big 12 in both scoring (18) and rebounds (7.7). Additionally, Johnson has tallied three straight double-doubles. On Jan. 24, he notched 15 points and 10 boards.
Senior guard Markquis Nowell is the main facilitator in the Wildcats' offense. Nowell has shown the ability to orchestrate the offense at a high rate and getting his teammates involved. The New York native is second in the nation in assists (8.2) with 16.9 points per game. His best game of the season came on Jan. 7 against Baylor, where he dropped 32 points and 14 assists.
How to make Kansas State vs. Kansas picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 146 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Kansas vs. Kansas State? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.