Kansas, K-State gear up for regular season finales

The end of the regular season arrives Saturday with both Kansas and Kansas State taking on key Big 12 rivals. The Jayhawks will visit top-ranked Houston, while the Wildcats will host No. 6 Iowa State.

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March 8, 2024 - 2:36 PM

The Kansas Jayhawks huddle up before a second-half free throw against Baylor at Foster Pavilion on Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Waco, Texas. Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/TNS

Kansas Jayhawks (22-8, 10-7 Big 12) at Houston Cougars (27-3, 14-3 Big 12)

Houston; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 1 Houston hosts No. 14 Kansas after LJ Cryer scored 25 points in Houston’s 67-59 win against the UCF Knights.

The Cougars are 16-0 on their home court. Houston is 24-2 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents and averages 8.1 turnovers per game.

The Jayhawks have gone 10-7 against Big 12 opponents. Kansas is 2-0 in one-possession games.

Houston scores 74.1 points, 5.8 more per game than the 68.3 Kansas gives up. Kansas has shot at a 49.8% clip from the field this season, 11.3 percentage points higher than the 38.5% shooting opponents of Houston have averaged.

TOP PERFORMERS: Cryer is averaging 15.8 points for the Cougars. Jamal Shead is averaging 16.4 points over the last 10 games.

Kevin McCullar is averaging 19.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.6 steals for the Jayhawks. Hunter Dickinson is averaging 16.9 points over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Cougars: 9-1, averaging 74.5 points, 33.3 rebounds, 12.6 assists, 9.9 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 44.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 68.0 points per game.

Jayhawks: 6-4, averaging 73.0 points, 34.2 rebounds, 16.7 assists, 7.3 steals and 3.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 68.4 points.

Iowa State Cyclones (24-6, 13-4 Big 12) at Kansas State Wildcats (17-13, 7-10 Big 12)

New York; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 6 Iowa State will try to earn its 25th win this season when the Cyclones visit the Kansas State.

The Wildcats are 13-3 on their home court. Kansas State is 3-4 in games decided by less than 4 points.

The Cyclones are 13-4 against Big 12 opponents. Iowa State averages 10.5 turnovers per game and is 23-3 when turning the ball over less than opponents.

Kansas State averages 72.4 points, 10.4 more per game than the 62.0 Iowa State allows. Iowa State has shot at a 46.4% clip from the field this season, 5.8 percentage points higher than the 40.6% shooting opponents of Kansas State have averaged.

TOP PERFORMERS:

Tre King is averaging 9.3 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Cyclones. Keshon Gilbert is averaging 13.3 points over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Wildcats: 3-7, averaging 71.2 points, 37.0 rebounds, 12.6 assists, 4.2 steals and 3.6 blocks per game while shooting 43.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 75.5 points per game.

Cyclones: 8-2, averaging 68.1 points, 32.2 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 9.1 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 42.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 62.4 points.

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