The Cyclones blow into Bramlage to try to avenge a 91-75 conference-opening loss to the Wildcats that set their league season on the edge of the cesspool. But, though Iowa State resides in last place, the toothed redbirds have beaten both Texas Tech and West Virginia, and they played KU tough twice. Those wins against the Red Raiders and Mountaineers were in Ames, though. The ‘Clones, in fact, have not won a single true road game this season.
But don’t call this a “hold serve” game. Though the ‘Cats won easily in the first meeting, Dean Wade dumped 34 points in Hilton Coliseum’s buckets that day, with Kamau Stokes and Barry Brown contributing 23 and 21. Iowa State is better now. We probably can’t count on three 20-point scorers again. Better buckle up for a typical Farmageddon style battle.
Iowa State (13-12, 4-9 Big 12) visits Kansas State (18-8, 7-6 Big 12) at noon CT. K-State leads the all-time series 138-87, with an 80-27 advantage in Manhattan. December’s win in Ames was Bruce Weber’s first against Steve Prohm (1-4), and he is only 4-8 against Iowa State overall. Fortunately, he is 3-2 against them at home.
Vegas pegs K-State as a 7.5-point favorite, with an over-under of 144 points. That computes to a 76-68ish outcome. OddsShark is on-board with that prediction, though it shaves half a point off the over-under, predicting 143.5 points. K-State is 2-4 against the spread in its last six games, and has been Under the predicted total in five of its last six, underscoring again that betting on your favorite college team is dangerous work.
Saturday, February 17 at noon CT, Fred Bramlage Coliseum (12,528), Manhattan, Kansas.
$25 bench, $50 chairback
ESPNU, with Doug Sherman (play-by-play) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst)
K-State Sports Network, with Wyatt Thompson (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst)
Audio streaming via Tunein.com, www.kstatesports.com/watch, or on satellite radio: Sirius 132 / XM 199 / Internet 953. Live Stats from Sidearm Stats, sidearmstats.com/kstate/mbball, also accessible from the athletic department website.