Kansas vs Kansas State Odds: Big 12 Championship Game Betting Preview

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 15:  Travis Releford #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts during the second half of the game against the Iowa State Cyclones in the Semifinals of the Big 12 basketball tournament at the Sprint Center on March 15, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas won 88-73 over Iowa State.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas has dominated Kansas State against the spread in recent years, and they are favored to continue that theme in the Big 12 Conference tournament championship game.

The top-seeded Jayhawks are 9-1 SU and 8-2 ATS in 10 recent clashes with the second-seeded Kansas State Wildcats. Most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com opened KU as five-point favorites but the number had been bet down to -4.5 by midday.

The teams shared the Big 12's regular-season title and meet for the third time this season Saturday night in Kansas City (6 p.m. ET, ESPN).

Kansas got to this Big 12 tournament title game by beating Texas Tech Thursday 91-63, then knocking off Iowa State Friday 88-73. The Jayhawks are 2-0 ATS this weekend, covering as 20-point favorites against the Red Raiders and as six-point faves against the Cyclones.

Second-seeded Kansas State got to Saturday's game by topping Texas Thursday 66-49, then holding off Oklahoma State Friday 68-57. The 'Cats covered as seven-point favorites over the 'Horns and as two-point favorites over the Cowboys.

With a victory Saturday Kansas could nab a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks are ranked No. 7 in the AP poll, and Nos. 2, 5 and 6—Duke, Georgetown and Michigan—have already been beaten this week.

Ninth-ranked Kansas State probably isn't in the running for a No. 1 seed in the tournament, but a victory Saturday might get them a two seed.

Kansas has already beaten Kansas State twice this season, winning 59-55 in Manhattan back in January, then romping to an 83-62 victory in Lawrence in February. In the first game the Jayhawks held the Wildcats to just 35 percent shooting from the floor, squeaking out a cover as three-point road chalk. 

KU then grabbed a 20-point first-half lead in the second game on its way to an easy cover as eight-point home favorites.

One could say the rivalry between these two programs has leaned a bit lop-sided recently; The Jayhawks have beaten the Wildcats an amazing 46 out of the last 49 times the teams have met.