The Kansas Jayhawks are college basketball blue blood royalty with the expectation of a Final Four run every year that they take the floor. The Kansas State Wildcats could not be more of an opposite to their intrastate rivals of KU. Kansas State has always been the hard fighting and scrapping commodity that compensates for the lack of elite talent with grit and determination. The Sunflower Showdown is a stark online wagering contrast of styles and cultures. Kansas State hosts Kansas on Monday night in Big 12 basketball action.
Jayhawks vs. Wildcats
Date and Time: Monday, January 29, 2018, 9 p.m. Eastern
Location: Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas
NCAA Betting Online Odds at SBG: Kansas -2
Jayhawks vs. Wildcats TV Coverage: ESPN
The fifth ranked Kansas Jayhawks are 17-4 straight up and 11-9 against the spread with 11 of those 20 games going under the total. KU has seen a drop in betting value lately with just two payouts in their last six games. The under has hit in four out of last five KU games. Head coach Bill Self’s Jayhawks are coming off a 79-68 home payout against Texas A&M. Senior guard Devonte Graham leads KU with a team best 17.3 points and 7.3 assists per game.
The Wildcats have an online wagering record of 16-5 straight up and 8-10 against the spread with 11 of those 18 games going under the total. K-State is coming off a 56-51 eyesore home win over Georgia as seven point overlays. The Wildcats were riding a five game payout streak before that overlay against UGA. Head coach Bruce Weber is in his sixth season at the Little Apple and has done a better than expected job of maintaining success. Webber had the reputation while at Illinois of winning with Bill Self’s recruits and then running out of gas with his own players later in his stint. That has not been the case for Weber at Kansas State.
Team vs Team
Kansas barely escaped with a 73-72 home in against K-State on January 13 but failed to get the money as a 12.5 point Sports betting favorite. The Jayhawks have come away with the cash in just three out of their last nine games against the Wildcats. KU and K-State have gone under the total in four out of their last six meetings. The Wildcats have been a strong betting value at home against the Jayhawks with three payouts in their last four meetings against KU at Bramlage Coliseum. The under has hit in four out of the last six meetings between the Jayhawks and Wildcats at KSU.
Matchup to Watch
This matchup makes for a fascinating online wagering contrast of basketball style and culture. The roster of five star recruits makes Kansas an immediately appealing team to back. But the K-State Wildcats give nothing to anyone, especially their bitter and hated intrastate rivals. Revenge will be on everyone’s minds. Bramlage Coliseum will be overflowed with howling Wildcat fans screaming “Every Man a Wildcat!”
Jayhawks vs. Wildcats NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
The dangerous and revenge minded Wildcats have proven to have the ability to get the cash against KU.
NCAA Betting Online Pick: Kansas State Wildcats
NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Wildcats 71, Jayhawks 70