A school in the state of Kansas finds itself atop the Big 12 standings — and it is not the Jayhawks. The Kansas State Wildcats entered the week tied with Baylor at 6-2 for the top spot in the conference.
Kansas has had to deal with adversity all year — with Silvio De Sousa being held out before the season started due to improper benefits, and losing big man Udoka Azubuike due to injury.
Kansas State had to overcome injuries to Kamau Stokes and Dean Wade around the New Year, and has picked things up since. Kansas State is 5-1 both straight up and against the spread since Wade got back into the lineup. In the team’s past five games, he is averaging 17.6 points, four rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
Also in that time frame, Kansas State has held every opponent to 65 points or fewer and is seventh in the country in defensive efficiency. The Wildcats for the season are just 263rd in offensive efficiency but over their past three games are averaging just 0.007 points per possession fewer than Kansas.
With Kansas State being 334th in the country in regard to possessions per game and Kansas being 0-5 against the spread in games in which they it has not gotten to 70 points, this matchup should give the Wildcats a solid chance to win and cover at home.
The play: Kansas State, -1
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