The only thing that would prevent the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks from opening up another can of you know what upon the Iowa State Cyclones is Bill Self. KU is going to be installed enormous favorites to sweep the season rivalry from the Clones at online sportsbooks. However, Devon Dotson and company just so happen to have the biggest game of the regular season scheduled for Saturday in Waco where the Baylor Bears will await. It remains to be seen just how long KU’s frontline will be participants in the game should it get out of hand. With that, you might want to entertain the thought of taking as many points as possible in the second half of ESPN’s Big Monday telecast.
This Big Monday skirmish will take place on Monday, February 17, 2020. Tip-off will be at 9 p.m. ET from the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN. So make sure to fill out your March Madness Bracket today!
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Sitting four games under .500 overall and 3-8 in Big 12 play, it’s been a lost season for the Iowa State Cyclones. Making matters all the more tough recently has been the absence of Tyrese Haliburton and his 15.2 points per game after going down with a season-ending wrist injury his final time out in a win and cover over Kansas State. Immediately following that triumph, the Cyclones went on to get rolled up and smoked by the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman falling by a 90-61 final count as near 10-point underdogs. Terrence Lewis stepped up with 17 points to go along with two other double-digit scorers, but it proved to be nowhere near enough to be competitive. OU won the battle of the boards by 12 and drained 11 of 24 long range shots. It was a butt whooping from the opening tip that dropped ISU to 0-8 SU and 2-6 ATS on the true road.
The Kansas Jayhawks truly let it be known that they’re for real last time out in Morgantown where it left the WVU Coliseum with an impressive 58-49 outright win as short 1-point underdogs in tow. Let it be known I faded my beloved in that spot and expected them to go down in a flaming heap like they had so many other times when paying Bob Huggins a visit. The script was writing itself once again up until the HAM switch flipped and KU simply took the game by the horns and made it its bitch. In the blink of an eye, a 9-point deficit was quickly erased by the Jayhawks who closed the game out with a 13-1 run while WVU converted one of its 12 taken shots and turned it over nine times in the final eight minutes. But instead of Dotson and Udoka Azubuike leading the way, it was Marcus Garrett and Isaiah Moss that took home the bragging rights.
The Iowa State Cyclones went off the board as the clamored side by the betting public when these teams first hooked up this season in Ames. Rightly so with ISU winning three of the prior five times it hosted the rivalry. Kansas initially hit the board as 5.5-point favorites to win that game yet got as low as -4 before late Jayhawks money pushed it up to -5 at the close. Though things looked great for Clones backers early on, KU took control of the game at the five minute mark of the first half and never looked back. It closed the first 20 minutes out with a 21-3 barrage to take control of the game and cruise to the 79-53 win and cover. In the process, the Jayhawks defense held Iowa State to a 34.5 percent conversion which was the low water mark for the season. On top of that, the defense didn’t concede Haliburton a single point until 15+ minutes remained in the second half. If the Clines are to compete this time around, it’s going to need someone to step up at the offensive end of the court.
Is it me or do the Kansas Jayhawks and North Carolina Tar Heels lace ‘em up on every Big Monday? Hey, at least Kansas fans will get to see their team in live action with the game not being telecasted on ESPN+ - SHAME ON YOU ESPN! Either way, I’m not expecting this to be an extremely competitive match but it’s still possible linemakers hang an inflated number of the Jayhawks even with Baylor on deck. Should that be the case, I’d look to take the points with the Cyclones if in the 18-21 point range.
College Basketball Pick: Kansas 80, Iowa State 63
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