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How and what to watch for Kansas State vs. No. 15 Kansas

Kansas and Kansas State will look to get back on track as both teams have struggled heading into Tuesday night’s game.

Kansas Jayhawks forward Jalen Wilson rebounds the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats both struggled through the month of January, but someone has to win when they meet up with each other on Tuesday night.

Kansas (11-6, 5-4 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over the TCU Horned Frogs before getting blown out 80-61 against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Ochai Agbaji leads the Jayhawks with 14.1 points per game, and he scored nine points on 3 of 12 shooting including 1 of 9 from the three-point line. Bryce Thompson is out indefinitely as he recovers from a broken finger.

Kansas State (5-13, 1-8 Big 12) went winless in January and lost eight consecutive games heading into this one. The Wildcats are coming off a devastating loss to the Texas A&M Aggies. Kansas State led 58-55 but was outscored 13-3 in the final 1:39 for a 68-61 loss. Dajuan Gordon left Saturday’s game with a leg injury, and it’s unclear whether he will be available.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Kansas State vs. Kansas on Tuesday, February 2nd 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 (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Point spread: Kansas -18
Point total: 133
Money line: Kansas State +1200, Kansas -2500

Betting Splits (Updated 5:30 p.m.)

Kansas State: 43% of handle, 36% of bets
Kansas: 57% of handle, 64% of bets

  • Kansas State is 0-8 straight up in their last eight games including 1-5 against the spread in their last six games.
  • Kansas is 1-4 straight up in their last five games and 1-5 against the spread in their last six.
  • Kansas is 11-1 straight up in their last 12 games against Kansas State and 4-2 against the spread in the last six.

The Best Bet

It’s just a matter of how much Bill Self and his team wants to hurt KSU. The Wildcats are simply awful, sometimes don’t try very hard, and KU can use a big win after their recent freefall.

Pick: Kansas -18

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