Kansas State (12-4 SU, 4-9-0 ATS, 6-7-0 O/U) at No. 12 Kansas (13-3 SU, 9-6-0 ATS, 8-7-0 O/U)
When and Where: Saturday, Jan. 13, Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Ks., 12 p.m. EST.
Line: Kansas -12
The Sunflower State rivalry has consistently shined on 12th-ranked Kansas, which will try to win its 12th straight home game over archrival Kansas State on Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
Wildcats seek first win at Allen Fieldhouse since 2006
Kansas State (12-4, 2-2 Big 12) last left Lawrence victorious with a 59-55 victory on Jan. 9, 2006. The Wildcats have dropped 11 straight since, giving up 83.2 points per game while being outscored by an average of 17.7 points.
They are in need of a marquee victory, though Bruce Weber’s team recovered from back-to-back losses to ranked foes West Virginia and Texas Tech by defeating Oklahoma State 86-82 on Wednesday night.
Barry Brown Jr. continued his torrid play with a career-high 38 points, hitting 12 of 17 shots, and also had six steals, the most by a Kansas State player in a Big 12 game.
Brown, who leads the team in scoring at 16.9 points per game, has averaged 24.0 points in his last five contests while shooting 52.1 percent. He also has sank 21 of 29 from the foul line in his last two games after attempting 51 free throws in Kansas State’s first 14 games.
The Wildcats have four players in double figures, with Dean Wade (14.6 ppg), Kamau Stokes (13.4) and Xavier Sneed (11.4) all making consistent contributions. Stokes is shooting 41.3 percent from 3-point range, pacing a Wildcats offense that has connected at a 36.1 percent clip from beyond the arc.
Kansas State is fourth in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 65.9 points per game and third in 3-point defensive field goal percentage (32.3).
Jayhawks look to stay hot from 3-point range
Kansas (13-3, 3-1) appears to have turned a corner with back-to-back wins following its 85-73 home loss to then-No. 18 Texas Tech on Jan. 2, and is coming off an 83-78 victory over Iowa State on Tuesday night.
Malik Newman came off the bench to score a career-high 27 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 23 as the two combined to make 11 of the Jayhawks’ 14 3-pointers. Devonte’ Graham chipped in 11 points and nine assists as Kansas set a school record for 3-pointers attempted in a conference game with 36.
The focus on the perimeter has led to a difficult transition to winning the battle of the boards. Kansas has been outrebounded in five straight games for the first time in coach Bill Self’s 15 seasons, posting a minus-9.4 margin in those games as Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick are getting little help on the glass.
Graham is averaging 18.1 points and 7.5 assists, ranking second and third in those respective categories in the Big 12. Mykhailiuk is tied for fifth in scoring at 16.9 points per game and is joined in double figures by Vick (15.3), Azubuike (14.6) and Newman (10.9) for Kansas, which is 13th in the nation in scoring at 86.6 points per game.
Kansas State is:
- 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games overall.
- 1-6 ATS in its last seven road games as an underdog between 7.0 and 12.5 points.
- 3-13-1 ATS in its last 17 games at Kansas.
- 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games following a straight up win.
- 6-2 ATS in its last eight games following an ATS loss.
- 29-11-2 ATS in its last 42 games vs. Kansas State.
The Jayhawks have won five straight between the teams and won last season’s two games by a combined five points. They posted a 74-71 victory at Kansas State in the most recent meeting as Graham totaled 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists.