Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Wildcats and Cougars. The game is starting at 12:00 ET on ESPN, and it’s hosted by the Cougars at Fertitta Center in Houston, TX. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Big 12 conference game currently have Houston as the -14.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 129 points.

KANSAS STATE WILDCATS VS HOUSTON COUGARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Kansas State Wildcats +14.5

This game will be played at Fertitta Center at 12:00 ET on Saturday, January 27th.

WHY BET THE KANSAS STATE WILDCATS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Even though we have Houston winning straight-up, we like Kansas State at +14.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 129 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Wildcats Have What it Takes on the Road?

After a 78-67 loss to Iowa State, Kansas State’s overall record stands at 14-5, including a 4-2 mark in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are 4-3 on the road this season, but they have lost two straight away from home.

So far this year, Kansas State has been the underdog in seven of its 19 games, going 3-4 in those contests. The Wildcats’ average scoring margin on the road is +3.0, and they are 5-5 in their last 10 games away from home.

Against the spread, Kansas State has gone 10-9 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-2. As the underdog, the Wildcats have a 4-3 record vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, K-State is 6-4 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-4 over their last 10 contests.

Today’s over/under line of 129 is lower than the average over/under line in Kansas State’s games this season (145.4). So far, their over/under record is 9-10. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 137 points.

Coming off their recent game, the Kansas State offense tallied 67 points in a matchup against Iowa State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 44.9%, and they made 8 threes. On the offensive front, the Wildcats have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 260th nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 305th in terms of percentage and 175th in three-pointers made.

Kansas State’s defense has been playing well, ranking 78th nationally, with 67.8 points allowed per game. In their previous game vs. Iowa State, the Cyclones finished with a field goal percentage of 43% and a total of 78 points vs. Kansas State.

Can Houston Secure a Home Victory?

Coming into tonight’s game, Houston has an overall record of 17-2 and has won three straight games. They are a perfect 12-0 at home this season and have an average scoring margin of +31.8 points per game at home.

So far, the Cougars have been favored in 18 of their 19 games and have gone 16-2 in those games. Their average scoring margin on the road is +3.7 points per game, and they are 4-2 in Big 12 play.

Against the spread, Houston has a 10-8 record this season. At home, the Cougars are 8-4 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Houston is 5-5.

On the season, Houston games have an over/under record of 6-12 and today’s line of 129 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (133.6). So far, 10 of their games have finished with less points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 123 points.

In their latest game, Houston offense put up 75 points against BYU. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 40.7% and made 10 threes. LJ Cryer was the leading scorer for the Cougars, putting up 23 points. In addition, Jamal Shead contributed 16 points.

Coming into today’s game, the Houston defense is giving up an average of 51.9 points per contest. In their most recent game, the Houston defense struggled to defend the three-point line, as BYU knocked down 11 three-pointers on their way to 68 points.