At 8-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country, the Kansas Jayhawks look like an early favorite to win the NCAA title. But there hasn’t been an undefeated champion in decades, and it looks like Kansas may not stay undefeated for long.
ESPN’s matchup predictor indicates that the Jayhawks have a 54.6-percent chance to lose their first game of the season against the Iowa State Cyclones on January 5, 2019.
The game will be played at Iowa State’s home, Hilton Coliseum.
The Cyclones are 8-2 on the season with losses against Arizona and Iowa. But the team’s offense has been putting up big numbers in the past few weeks.
Iowa State has scored at least 80 points in each of the last six games, while allowing less than 70 in five of them.
Most recently, Iowa State put Southern on ice in a 101-65 blowout. Marial Shayock had a season-high 26 points in the win.
Kansas has yet to play a game that isn’t at home or at a neutral venue.
The team has five more games before the match against Iowa State.