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Bet over in likely shootout

While the Sunflower Showdown between State and Kansas has been one-sided to the Jayhawks throughout history, the gap between these teams is especially large entering Tuesday’s showdown at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

has not been the dominant team we are accustomed to seeing, losing four of its past five games and failing to cover the spread in all five. However, each of the Jayhawks’ top five scorers is over 35 percent of their 3-point shots.

State ranks 325th in the nation in opponent 3-point shooting percentage. The Wildcats also have problems protecting the ball, rating 339th in opponents’ steals per possession, which leads to a lot of fast break layups.

While a lot of State’s stats are not encouraging, getting back top scorer Nigel Pack last week after missing four games is a boost for the Wildcats as he is averaging 18.5 and shooting 45 percent from 3-point range in two games.

State is giving up an average of 79.8 per game in conference play and ranks 317th among Division I teams in points allowed on a per-possession basis. Kansas has not been stout on defense, allowing at least 75 points in four of its past five games.

With both defenses entering into this game failing to get stops and the Wildcats averaging 7.3 per game more when Pack plays, what figures to be a lopsided game should involve plenty of points.

The play: State-Kansas total, Over 134.5.