Planning on watching today’s Jayhawks and Cyclones game? Catch the action at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA, as the Cyclones hosts this showdown at 1:30 ET on CBS. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142 points, and Iowa State is favored by -5 to win at home against Kansas.


The Pick: Iowa State Cyclones -5

This game will be played at Hilton Coliseum at 1:30 ET on Saturday, January 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cyclones.
  • Not only will Iowa State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Kansas Lock in a Road Win?

With a 16-3 record, Kansas has been one of the best teams in the country this season. They have been especially dominant at home, going 11-0 with an average scoring margin of +14.9 points per game. On the road, the Jayhawks are 5-3 with a scoring margin of +6.8.

Coming off a 74-69 win over Cincinnati, Kansas has gone 6-4 in their last 10 road games. On the season, they have been the favorite in all 19 of their games, going 16-3.

As the underdog this season, Kansas has an ATS record of 0-0 and an overall ATS mark of 7-12. On the road, the Jayhawks are just 2-6 vs. the spread this year and they’ve gone 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. Over their last three games as the underdog, Kansas is 2-1 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Kansas games is 9-10. Today’s line of 142 is lower than the average OU line in their games (145.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 158 points, and in their last five games, the average is 148 points.

In their recent matchup, the Kansas offense ended with 74 points against Cincinnati. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 47.2% and made 6 threes. Kevin McCullar Jr. is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 20. Meanwhile, Hunter Dickinson also brings a PPG average of 18.8 into the game.

So far this season, the Kansas defense has been performing well, ranking 76th in the country at 67.7 points allowed per contest. In their previous game vs. Cincinnati, the Bearcats finished with a field goal percentage of 47% and a total of 69 points vs. Kansas.

Is a Home Win Possible for Iowa State?

At home this season, Iowa State is 12-1, and they have won eight straight games at home. Overall, they are 15-4, and they have won two straight games. In Big 12 play, the Cyclones are 4-2.

So far, Iowa State has been the favorite in 15 of their games, and they have gone 13-2 in those contests. Their average scoring margin at home is +29.1 points per game, and they are 9-1 in their last 10 games at home.

As the favorite this season, Iowa State has gone 10-4-1 vs. the spread. At home, the Cyclones have an ATS mark of 10-2-1 this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Iowa State is 6-3-1 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Iowa State games is 12-7 and today’s line of 142 is higher than the average over/under line of 137.9 across their games. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and the over/under record is 3-0.

The Iowa State offense is coming off a game where they scored 78 points against Kansas State. They posted a field goal percentage of 43.1% and connected on 7 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Keshon Gilbert, who holds an average of 13.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Tamin Lipsey is averaging 14.1 points per game this season.

In the current season, the Iowa State defense has excelled, sitting 7th in the nation by allowing 61.1 points per game. The Iowa State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 67 points and allowed Kansas State to connect on 7 threes.