The Kansas Jayhawks might be precisely where they want. They are currently holding on to the number-two spot in the Big 12 conference with a 17-3 season record. As a result, Kansas is set to lead the conference standings.
However, to remain one of the top teams in the Big 12, the Jayhawks cannot lose their grip on staying close to the Baylor Bears. That is why Kansas is now ready to keep getting wins, and the team will attempt to do so again over the Iowa State Cyclones this Tuesday night.
Kansas beat Iowa State 62-61 on January 11. The Jayhawks are aware the Cyclones are ready for a rematch, given that score.
For the Cyclones, a sixth overall spot in the conference will prove insufficient if they want to remain in the pursuit of a potential NCAA basketball championship.
The Jayhawks are on solid ground. Just a step away from Baylor, Kansas’ focus is now all centered on improving their current 6-1 conference record. For the Jayhawks, it’s all about putting together wins every step of the way. Iowa State is now the next target.
Guard Ochai Agjabi leads Kansas with 20.9 points and a 51.5% field goal percentage. Dajuan Harris Jr. has added 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per match. For the Jayhawks, relying on their top men is vital. Agjabi and Harris are expected to keep their performance levels up and running.
Kansas is now in tenth place of the Associated Press Top 25 Ranking and the Coaches’ Poll. Overall, the team is sixteenth in the country with 80.6 points per game and thirty-seventh with 16.2 assists per contest.
It all came down to the very last second of the game. The Cyclones were unable to prevent a loss to Kansas in early January. Iowa State must improve its current 3-5 record in conference play with a home-court advantage.
Izaiah Brockington continues to lead the Cyclones with 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Tyrese Hunter has also added 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game. The Cyclones appear to have all the manpower needed to surpass Kansas.
Iowa State is now number twenty in the AP Top 25 and twenty-second in the Coaches Poll.
However, the team is not standing on the strongest numbers. It has 69.6 average points, 33.5 rebounds, and 14.6 assists per game. Yet, all it takes is a few more wins to climb to the top of the conference.
Given a second chance to face the Jayhawks, it’s all up to the Cyclones to make the most of a potential revenge win. For both Kansas and Iowa State, the total has gone under in five of their last six matchups when played in Iowa.
Kansas remains the solid pick for the game. With all numbers in their favor, the Jayhawks are looking strong not just to keep getting more wins but to fight Baylor for the top conference spot.
However, Kansas’ last matchup against Iowa State seems to have raised a few doubts. With home-court advantage, the Cyclones might have all it takes to push Kansas off their path to the top.
Godds Pick/Prediction: The Jayhawks to win and the under hits.