On Monday night, the Kansas State Wildcats will travel to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in a Big 12 showdown. Kansas State comes in ranked 23rd with a 21-6 record and is in 1st place in the Big 12. Kansas comes in ranked 12th with a 20-7 record and is in 3rd place in the Big 12.
Kansas Must Try to Recover from Embarrassing Loss
Kansas St is coming off an 85-46 demolition of Oklahoma St on Saturday. The Wildcats led 42-18 at the half, and it was over from there. Xavier Sneed and Austin Trice tied for the team lead in points with 12 apiece on a combined 8 of 12 shooting. Kamau Stokes added 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Barry Brown Jr. and Shaun Neal-Williams each chipped in 10 points. Brown added 3 assists and a team-high 7 rebounds. Neal-Williams added 6 assists, which was a team high.
Kansas is coming off an embarrassing 91-62 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday. The Jayhawks turned the ball over 13 times and were outrebounded 30-23. Dedrick Lawson was the only Jayhawk in double figures with 14 points on 3 of 8 shooting, and he also led the team in rebounds with 5. Marcus Garrett and Charlie Moore each tallied 9 points and David McCormack and KJ Lawson chipped in 8 points each. Quentin Grimes led the team in assists with 3 to go along with 3 rebounds as well as 3 points.
Brown Jr. Leads Kansas State
Kansas St is led by Barry Brown Jr. who is averaging 15.7 points per game. Dean Wade is averaging double digits with 13.1 a game and is shooting 44.2% from 3-point range. Wade also leads the team in rebounding with 6.3 a game. Xavier Sneed adds 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds a game. Kamau Stokes chips in 10.1 a game and is the leading assister with 3.3 per contest. Kansas St has been getting it done on the defensive end, holding opponents to 59.3 a game. The offense has struggled, scoring just 66.5 a game and are shooting a poor 43.7% from the field. Kansas St is 6-4 on the road this season.
Kansas is led by superstar Dedrick Lawson who is averaging a double-double with 19 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game which are both team highs. The Jayhawks have 2 other active players who average double figures. Devon Dotson is averaging 12 points a game and is leading the team in assists with 3.6 per game. Dotson also leads the team in 3-point percentage at 44.1%. Center Udoka Azubuike is out for the year with a wrist injury and is replaced by Ochai Agbaji who is averaging 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. Kansas is also without second-leading scorer Lagerald Vick, who is away from the team for personal matters. The Jayhawks are averaging 76.4 points per game on 47.2% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 70.6 points per contest, and they are 15-0 at home this season.
Kansas Will Emerge Victorious
Kansas comes in at -3.5. Even though Kansas has been miserable this season, they are still one of the toughest teams to beat at home in the country. They are undefeated at home, and the Jayhawk fans will be louder than ever even though they are having a down year. Kansas St has experienced players that have been here before and are playing better than Kansas right now. The big factor for me in this one is the Rockchalk faithful. Kansas always performs great in front of them and should ride them to a solid victory here even though they are shorthanded. Take Kansas -3.5.
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