#16 Iowa State vs. #6 Kansas

iowa state vs kansasCollege basketball’s best game of Wednesday night is the #16 ranked Iowa State Cyclones traveling to Kansas to face the #6 ranked Jayhawks.

 

Iowa State @ Kansas Preview

The 15-3 Cyclones are coming off a 81-75 win over the Kansas State Wildcats. The 15-4 Jayhawks are coming off a 91-69 win over the TCU Horned Frogs.

The Cyclones are lead by senior’s Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane. Ejim is averaging 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Kane is averaging 16.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

The Jayhawks are lead by freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Wiggins is averaging 15.8 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Embiid is averaging 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.8 blocks per game.

 

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET on ESPN

 

Key Injuries

For Iowa State:

K.J. Bluford out (personal issue).

For Kansas:

Tarik Black questionable (sprained ankle), Joel Embiid questionable (sprained knee).

 

How Iowa State Wins

The Cyclones need to do what they do best and score. They’re leading the Big 12 in scoring with 84.8 points per game. They also lead the Big 12 is assists with 18.2 and 3 point field goals made with 8.7 per game. They are averaging 39.7 rebounds per game and are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 4.7 rebounds per game.The Cyclones also need to play great defense against a very high scoring Kansas team. The Cyclones defense is currently giving up 70.6 points per game. They are also forcing 12.7 turnovers per game.

 

How Kansas Wins

The Jayhawks need to keep scoring as they averaging 79.6 points per game. In addition to scoring 79.6 points per game the Jayhawks are doing it on 51% shooting. That shooting percentage is top 3 in the country. The Jayhawks are outscoring their opponents by an average of 10.4 points per game. They are also a very good rebounding team. They are averaging 38.3 rebounds per game and are outrebounding their opponents by an average of 7.3 rebounds per game. On defense the Jayhawks are giving up an average of 69.2 points per game. They are also forcing 11.2 turnovers per game.

 

My Prediction

The Jayhawks have won 4 straight and 17 of the last 18 against the Cyclones including a 77-70 win at Iowa State. Kansas is also 48-9 against Iowa State when the game is played in Kansas’ home building.

I think it will be a close game as 4 of the last 6 meetings have been decided within 9 points. The Jayhawks are just too much for the Cyclones and I think the Jayhawks extend their win streak against Iowa State to 5 with a win on Wednesday night.

Final Score

Kansas: 81
Iowa State: 76

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