NCAA Basketball Betting – Kansas State at Kansas

December 1, 2010 NCAA Basketball

NCAA basketball betting has the most important game of the Big 12 season on Wednesday as second-ranked Kansas hosts fifth-ranked Kansas State.

The Jayhawks have won 58 straight games at home and they are favored in college basketball betting to make it 59 on Wednesday.

NCAA basketball betting has Kansas coming off a loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The loss cost the Jayhawks the top spot in the college basketball polls but Kansas only dropped one spot to number two.  Kansas doesn’t have much time to get over that loss as they have a very talented Kansas State team coming to Lawrence.

Kansas State is putting a lot of focus on this game. Head coach Frank Martin has called it the biggest game ever for this team. "They understand," Martin said about his players. "Now Kansas becomes the biggest game we’ve ever played at K-State. Because of the environment we’ve put ourselves in at this point in the season; the games get bigger and bigger and bigger."

Kansas is a very talented team that could bounce back in a big way.  That doesn’t mean their head coach Bill Self is not worried.  “I don’t think the thing is broken,” Self said. “But I do think we need to really evaluate the things we take great pride in to be a good team, especially this time of year.” The Jayhawks did not play well defensively against Oklahoma State in the college basketball betting loss and that concerns Self.  “Our toughness level on defense was very, very poor,” Self said. “That can’t happen in the tournament, in a one-and-done deal.”

It will be interesting to see how Kansas reacts in this NCAA basketball betting game. Will the Jayhawks come out angry about the Oklahoma State loss or will they let it carry over to Wednesday?   “I hope our guys don’t feel like it’s the end of the earth,” Self said. “But I hope they’re pretty disgusted and pretty mad about what transpired today.”

Kansas is just 6-8 at home this season versus the NCAA basketball betting odds.  On the other side, Kansas State is 5-2-1 on the road versus the NCAA basketball betting line this season.  The Jayhawks won at Kansas State 81-79 in January but they did not cover the four-point spread.  Kansas is 3-1 at home in the last four meetings against Kansas State. The last five games in this series have all gone over the total.

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