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Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iona Gaels Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/19/13

Iona Gaels (1-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (2-0)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -17.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Iona Gaels face off on Tuesday Night in college basketball action.

It has been a week since we have seen the Kansas Jayhawks in college basketball action but last we saw they were beating a very good Duke team convincingly in Chicago. Kansas is off to a 2-0 start and with the expectations sky high Bill Self will need to do all he can to have his team focusing on one game at a time. Andrew Wiggins has been all he was billed to be averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds with 1.5 steals per game. Perry Ellis is averaging 18 points and 8.5 rebounds, Wayne Seldon is averaging 11.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, and Frank mason is averaging 9.0 points and 3.0 assists. Kansas is averaging 87 points per game shooting 55 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 69.2 percent from the free throw line while defensive they are allowing 73 points and their opponents shoot 47.7 percent. Kansas has also been outstanding on the defensive boards.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. Iona Gaels Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/19/13

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The Iona Gaels have played two games so far this season and enter this game at 1-1. Iona has some front line scorers but it doesn’t appear they have much else. David Laury leads the way for Iona and he is averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds per game. Sean Armand averages 17 points and four rebounds, Tre Bowman averages 15 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, and Isaiah Williams averages 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds. Iona is averaging 72.5 points and they are shooting 41.3 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc, and 76.9 percent from the free throw line while defensively they allow64 points and their opponents shoot 38.9 percent. This is easily the most difficult game on Iona’s schedule this year.

Kansas is 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 home games, 12-4 against the spread in their last 16 games, and 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games against a team with a losing road record. Iona is 4-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 3-1-1 against the spread following a game in which they covered the point spread, and 2-8 against the spread following a win by 20 or more points.

Kansas is laying a bundle here but they should be as this one is a blowout in a big way and it is just a matter of how early Kansas clears the bench, and even then the Jayhawks have the edge. 

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