Welcome to The Sunflower State Showdown 2014; Part Two! Everyone is looking forward to watching this match up between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks, and many are hoping to cash in on the outcome. I am here to give you the best advice I can.
Unlike the last meeting between these two teams, this game is being played at “The Little Apple” in Manhattan. No Allen Fieldhouse. No “Phog”. Just a Kansas State Wildcats team whose fans have helped them to a 29-2 home record under Coach Bruce Weber (12-1 at home this season, 5-0 at home in ’13/’14 Big12 play).
In Kansas’ last game, a close-knotted victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers, the Jayhawks were led by big-man Joel Embiid, who totaled a Double-Double. After seeing Kansas struggle to pull away from West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse, it seems as though traveling to Bramlage, and beating the Wildcats is going to be a very difficult task.
On the flip side, K-State thrived in their last game, beating a very talented Texas team 74-57. One of the Wildcats keys to victory was the fact that their star-freshman, Marcus Foster, had a great offensive game, going 5-8 from beyond the arc.
When these two teams went head-to-head in January, the Jayhawks thrashed the Cats, 86-60. For Kansas, Andrew Wiggins, Embiid, and many others had an amazing game that night. Unfortunately, for K-State, Marcus Foster was held to just 7 points. I expect this meeting to be a lot different.
This time around, the Kansas Jayhawks needs to play the same way they did last meeting. The Wildcats have to come into this one with a whole new game plan. One important thing that absolutely has to happen for the Cats to win, is for Marcus Foster to get hot. He has to reach his full capability in this one.
Sunflower State Showdown Facts:
– KU has won six straight, and 48 of the last 51 meetings.
– KU’s all-time record in Manhattan – 75-45 (including 28-2 in their last 30 trips)
I am picking the Kansas State Wildcats to get the upset against the 8th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, but by a very slim margin. Which would mean that I AM betting on them to cover the (+3.5) point spread (ESPN.com). K-State wins 72-69. Turning the “Octagon of Doom”, into a bad memory for this years Jayhawks team.
Last Week SU: 3-1
Last Week ATS: 1-0
Total SU: 6-2
Total ATS: 2-0
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