Basketball

PREDICTIONS: Iowa State vs. Kansas State

Jan 14, 2017; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber yells at his team during a game against the Baylor Bears at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State (12-6, 4-3) vs. Kansas State (15-4, 4-3)

TV: 8 p.m. on ESPN U

Line: Iowa State by 4.5

Chris Williams: “If you just watch the tape and didn’t know any different, you would think that Kansas State is the best team in the Big 12.” That’s what one source told me about the Wildcats yesterday. After doing my research on the game, it scares the crap out of me. I’ll pick Iowa State to win because it’s in Hilton and the Cyclones seem to be in a good place right now, but I fully expect a competitive game from Bruce Weber’s very gritty Kansas State squad. The Pick: Iowa State 79, Kansas State 77

Jared Stansbury: Before the season, I had the Wildcats penciled in as the league’s worst team and figured this would be Bruce Weber’s final season in Manhattan. Well, did they prove me wrong. Kansas State has proved during its first seven Big 12 games they’re capable of hanging with anybody in any building. I expect Iowa State, and the fans, to come out charged up after the team lost its last game at Hilton Coliseum. This one will be close, but the Cyclones pull it out in the end. The pick: Iowa State 76, Kansas State 72

Chris Williams

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Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, CycloneReport.com and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.