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Big 12 Tournament: Round 3 – ESPN
(5) Iowa State (19-12) vs (1) Kansas (26-6)
Not only does this game feature the two top defenses in the Big 12, but the Cyclones and Jayhawks also boast defensive efficiencies that rank 7th and 8th in the entire nation.
Iowa State and Kansas are so stout on the defensive end that they combined for just 122 and 121 points in their two regular season meetings.
The over/under of 130 is certainly low, but the under is absolutely in play here.
The Cyclones are juiced up after securing the season sweep against Baylor, taking down the Bears in all 3 matchups this season.
Kansas will once again be without head coach Bill Self, who will miss the remainder of the Big 12 Tournament with medical concerns. They were dominant against West Virginia yesterday without him, but it certainly adds an extra layer to the matchup.
I’m riding with a confident Iowa State team that seems to have far more to play for in this one, and I’m locking in on the under as well.
PICKS: Iowa State +4.5 & Under 130