Our college basketball free pick takes a look at the problems the Jayhawks have been having on the road as of late. Rolling into Iowa State, the wagering money has Kansas as a very slight road underdog. Let us see the state of affairs with both programs and why the perception exists that Kansas is struggling on the road this season.
Kansas is Reactionary
At 16-3, 5-2, Bill Self has gone on record that his rotations are going to be based on whom he faces. While practical, it does indicate that the depth there is not what Jayhawk nation is used to. Landon Lucas for example was very helpful against the big men of Texas. At Iowa State, there smaller frontcourt will expose his lumbering nature. As a result, Bragg and Taylor will get the mountain share of minutes at forward and center. Here is how it is hard for them. Rhythm through a competitive conference season is hard enough to maintain let alone rotation and even starting lineup changes. It may be somewhat necessary but the component of chemistry is lacking to make the theoretical correct play. Real world results from Kansas has been lacking because of this dynamic.
Vital game to hold serve for the Cyclones in the Big 12. Their starters are on par with anyone in conference. This team lacks depth because of the Naz Long season ending lineup. His replacement as a starter is a three point shooting specialist. Too many minutes has his legs a little rubbery. Defensively, Matt Thomas is a void for Iowa State as well. The home victory over Oklahoma is very much needed but this team can tire more than most in this conference.
Kansas is very fortunate to face this thin Iowa State squad. If they had Long, the Cyclones could win this one going away. First half wager ISU ML with the big bet of the night being the Kansas ML for the entire game. Some may call it greedy but the blueprint for this game is clear. Iowa state will be hot early but run on fumes late. Good fortune in our college basketball free pick and we wills see you tomorrow here at HRWager.