Kansas vs Kansas State Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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The Kansas Jayhawks (16-1, 5-0 Big 12) will try to build on a 10-game winning stretch when visiting the Kansas State Wildcats (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Bramlage Coliseum. This contest is at 7:00 PM ET.

Kansas is a slight 1.5-point favorite against Kansas State when the Jayhawks face off with the Wildcats on Tuesday. The over/under is 147.5 points for the game.

Kansas vs. Kansas State Odds

Point Spread for Kansas vs. Kansas State

The spread for this matchup is set at 1.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Kansas as the favorite.

Kansas vs. Kansas State Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Kansas has -125 odds to pick up the win, while Kansas State is listed at +103 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 147.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
  • Location: Manhattan, Kansas
  • Arena: Bramlage Coliseum

Kansas vs. Kansas State Betting Trends

Kansas is 7-10-0 against the spread this year. The Jayhawks have yet to lose any of the 15 games they have been chosen as the favorite in this season. Kansas’ games this year have hit the over on 10 of 17 set point totals.

Kansas State has played 17 games, with 12 wins, against the spread. The Wildcats have won two of the four games they were the underdog on the moneyline this season (50%). Kansas State’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 10 times in 17 opportunities (58.8%).

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Kansas vs. Kansas State Key Players to Watch


Jalen Wilson is tops on his team in both points (19.8) and rebounds (8.9) per game, and also posts 2.6 assists. Defensively, he posts 0.9 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Gradey Dick is putting up 14.6 points, 1.9 assists and 5.2 rebounds per contest. Kevin McCullar is putting up 10.8 points, 1.9 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. Dajuan Harris leads the Jayhawks at 6.2 assists per game, while also posting 2.4 rebounds and 8.1 points. He is ninth in college basketball in assists.

Kansas State

Markquis Nowell paces the Wildcats in assists (8.5 per game), and posts 17.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. He also posts 2.2 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Keyontae Johnson is the Wildcats’ top scorer (18.4 points per game) and rebounder (7.1), and delivers 2.4 assists. Nae’Qwan Tomlin gets the Wildcats 10.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest. He also posts 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocked shots. Desi Sills is posting 8.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest, making 45.4% of his shots from the floor.

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What you need to know about the Kansas Jayhawks

This season, the Jayhawks are scoring 76.9 points per game (68th-ranked in college basketball) and surrendering 65.2 points per contest (78th-ranked). Kansas is grabbing 35.1 rebounds per game (61st-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 31.4 rebounds per contest (200th-ranked).

Kansas is 151st in the country with 7.8 treys per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 44th with a 37.6% shooting percentage from downtown. With 6.8 three-pointers conceded per game, the Jayhawks are 132nd in the nation. They are ceding a 31.0% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 75th in college basketball.

The Jayhawks are 6-4 against the spread and 10-0 overall over their past 10 contests. Kansas has hit the over in six of its past 10 outings. Kansas’ offense has been better over its last 10 games, racking up 78.6 points per contest compared to the 76.9 it has averaged this season. Kansas has been tougher on the defensive side of the ball lately, giving up 63.9 points per game over its past 10 contests compared to the 65.2 points per game its opponents are averaging in the 2022-23 season.

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What you need to know about the Kansas State Wildcats

Offensively the Wildcats are the 48th-ranked team in the nation (78.2 points per game). On defense they are 122nd (67.2 points conceded per game). With 32.4 rebounds per game and 30.0 rebounds conceded, Kansas State is 175th and 122nd in college basketball, respectively.

At home, the Wildcats average 77.0 points per game. On the road, they score 81.6. In 2022-23, Kansas State is 207th in the nation in 3-point makes (7.2 per game) and 116th in 3-point percentage (35.1%). In 2022-23, the Wildcats are 34th in the nation in 3-pointers conceded (5.8 per game) and 41st in defensive 3-point percentage (30.1%).

The Wildcats have gone 9-1 in their past 10 contests, with a 7-3 record against the spread in that span. In its past 10 games, Kansas State has hit the over seven times. Kansas State has played better offensively in its past 10 games, tallying 80.6 points per contest, 2.4 more than its season average of 78.2. The Wildcats have performed worse defensively over their previous 10 games, giving up 69.8 points per contest, 2.6 more points their than season average of 67.2.

Kansas vs. Kansas State Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Kansas, and we project that Kansas will cover the spread (Kansas -1.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 147.5 points.

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How to bet Kansas vs. Kansas State

You can bet on Kansas vs. Kansas State at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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