Take a look at what our staff thinks, and then give your prediction in the comments below.
dnoll5: We’re going to get smashed. No analysis needed. Iowa State 48, Kansas 17.
Fizzle406: We are going to get mauled. No analysis needed. Hawkeyes 50, Kansas 13
Kyle_Davis21: I think Iowa State is going to win. But you come to this site for analysis, so here you go: Kansas got a good draw in the Maui Invitational. BYU and UCLA are both struggling (and both behind ETSU in KenPom), dropping their most recent games, with BYU missing its best player. If KU plays its B game for the first two matchups, it should be on to the championship game, where an A game is likely needed. Oh yeah, Iowa State 42, Kansas 21
David: When I did the podcast with Andy last month I pointed to this game as one where KU could, under the right circumstances, make it a competitive game. After looking very much like a Gill/Weis/Beaty team the last two weeks it would be crazy to stand by that, and yet here I am. I didn’t understand the fanfare around Iowa State coming into the year, and they certainly haven’t lived up to it. Obviously they’re still far better than Kansas is, and there’s nothing logical behind this, but I think this could be a weird, close game. Iowa State 41, Kansas 36
Andy: Damn you David, I thought I was going to be able to come in with a 10 point loss and look like the optimistic one, and you had to go ruin that. Instead, I’ll be absolutely insane and say that Kansas gets hot late in the first half, surprising the Cyclone faithful. Pooka breaks a couple long runs late in the game, and the good guys get to go home happy. Plus, it’s my son’s birthday, and after what they did last time they played on his birthday, they owe him one. Kansas 34, Iowa State 31