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How and what to watch for No. 23 Kansas vs. Kansas State

The Jayhawks will be looking to pull off the season sweep over the Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown.

Kansas Jayhawks guard Christian Braun shoots a three point basket during the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 23-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will try to extend their three-game winning streak when they play their in-state rivals, the Kansas State Wildcats in the Sunflower Showdown on Wednesday 8 p.m. ET. on ESPN+.

The last time these two teams played earlier this month, Kansas won decisively 74-51 over the Wildcats at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks (15-7, 9-5 Big 12) have won three-straight games, which includes a back-to-back sweep of the Iowa State Cyclones. Kansas won all three conference contests by an average of 19.6 points per game. A player to watch for the Jayhawks is junior guard Ochai Agbaji, who leads the team with 13.9 points per game.

The Wildcats (5-17, 1-12 Big 12) have 12 straight games, including a 67-60 defeat to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday. This season, Kansas State is only averaging 62.3 points per game, but allowing opponents to score 73.7 points per game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Kansas vs. K-State on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, a subscription service available as an add-on from ESPN even for non-subscribers.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Kansas -13
Point Total: 135.5
Money line: Kansas -1115, K-State +700

DraftKings Sportsbook Betting Splits at 4:30 p.m.

Kansas: 76% of handle, 76% of bets
Kansas State: 24% of handle, 24% of bets

  • The Jayhawks have been a good bet against the spread recently with a record of 4-1 in their last five games. Additionally, the point total has gone over in six of Kansas’ last nine games this season.
  • Meanwhile, the Wildcats have not been a best bet this season as they are 7-13 in their last 20 games against the spread. At the same time, the point total has gone over in four out of their last six games.

The Best Bet

When these two teams played each other a couple of weeks ago, the Jayhawks won by 23 points at home. Kansas has been double-digit favorites in their last two games, which were against another bad team in the Cyclones and covered. I don’t think they will have any problems covering against their in-state rivals as they go for the regular season sweep.

Pick: Kansas -13

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