Iowa State vs. Kansas State Predictions by Sports Handicapper To Vegas Odds

Joe DuffyAnalyst IFebruary 5, 2011

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Reasoning: Nobody was more on the jock of Frank Martin’s team last season than I was, but the ship has sunk and for this Kansas State team to be laying points on the road in this spot is just silly. No doubt Jacob Pullen is an absolute shining star, but the Wildcats have been a disgrace this season and especially so outside of Manhattan.

Iowa State isn’t great by any means and they are a thin team with fewer scholarship players than most. But give the Mayor, Fred Hoiberg, some credit as he has done a really nice job with the Cyclones.

They are not the most talented of teams after losing Craig Brackins but Diante Garrett has been really good leading the way this season and without a shadow of a doubt do I expect a total outright today, even if things have gone a bit south over the last few weeks.

Pullen will score his points and try and keep the ‘Cats in this thing but overall K State has lost player after player and have had more controversy than almost any team in the nation. Things have snowballed in a negative light for a while now and this team on the highway has been horrific.

I just don’t see the visitors being able to muster much as the confidence is low and the squad overall is not nearly what they were thought to have been earlier in the season.

Martin’s boys are a terrible 15-8 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12. They’ve lost pretty much every road game this season and more times than not have gotten whacked in those contests. The last loss at Kansas was a total beating and the previous four at A&M, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Florida were not much better.

Iowa State is 1-7 in the conference, which doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that’s not very good, and they were just pounded in Boulder against Colorado in their fifth straight defeat, but I’m alright with that. Certainly the last pair of home losses to Oklahoma and Texas Tech are inexplicably bad, but this team will continue to fight and show a little better.

The Cyclones proved their upside to me with the tighter than tight game and cover against Kansas along with the win over Baylor about a month or so ago. I expect more of that better type of a performance today by the homeboys and expect an outright as K State continues to regress and shrivel up.

The pick: Iowa State

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Last night Rivers hit with a 400,000* Manhattan stayed in the number the entire game and the 200,000* on the Mavericks won outright! I’m feeling pretty darn good right about now. A whopping four winners today and well over a million* of profit in the end.

A pair of Pac-10 games lead the way with a Monster 400,000* Washington-Oregon and a 300,000* involving St. John’s and UCLA. I’m throwing in another 300,000* affair between Clemson and Georgia Tech and will round out the day with a 200,000* on Virginia and Miami, Fl.

I am imploring you not to miss out today, truly. If you do miss out you will kick yourself later on because I am going to brag about a 4-0 sweep. Rivers Saturday card is up