Basketball

PREDICTIONS: Iowa State at Kansas State

Feb 11, 2017; Morgantown, WV, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bruce Weber yells from the sidelines during the second half against the West Virginia Mountaineers at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State (15-8, 7-5) at Kansas State (16-9, 5-7)

TV: 6 p.m. on ESPN 2

Line: Kansas State (-3.5)

Chris Williams: I just think that Iowa State is the better team here. I also feel like Kansas State over-performed early and that the Big 12 grind has caught up to this team. Iowa State should be an underdog. Makes total sense. But if the Cyclones can avoid getting down by a large margin early, I like Iowa State in this game. Also, how healthy is DJ Johnson? Stay tuned. The Pick: Iowa State 72, Kansas State 69

Brent Blum: The availability of K-State’s DJ Johnson heavily influences my prediction. His presence changes the complexion of the Wildcats. K-State is really good at home and actually has fans show up to the game, unlike several Big 12 venues. That said, I think Iowa State has proven to play best in tough environments. If the Cyclones can avoid the early Wildcat uppercut, I believe Iowa State is the better club. Huge effort from Monte Morris. Go buy some Tums, this is going to be stressful. The Pick: Iowa State 74 K-State 73.

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.