Kansas vs. Kentucky - 11/18/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) at Kansas Jayhawks (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Kansas Jayhawks face off on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the State Farm Champions Classic in college basketball action.
The Kentucky Wildcats are stacked with talent and are the number one ranked team in the nation. Kentucky has started the season with two wins but they have faced soft competition and we will get a chance to see how good this team really is in this spot. Trey Lyles is leading UK with 13 points per game and 4.0 rebounds. Andrew Harrison is averaging 9.5 points, Dakari Johnson is averaging 9.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, and Williw Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.0 points and 7.5 rebounds. Kentucky is shooting 45 percent from the floor including 26.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. Kentucky looks to be loaded but how they perform as a team will be tested.
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The Kansas Jayhawks lost two of the first three players in the NBA Draft from their roster a year ago but even so they look to be loaded with NBA ready talent once again. Kansas faced UC-Santa Barbara, a team that should make the NCAA Tournament, in their season opener and won by 10. Devonte Graham led KU in scoring with 14 points. Perry Ellis had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Frank Mason had 12 points, and Wayne Seldon Jr. had 10 points. Kansas shot an ordinary 41.5 percent from the floor and a less than spectacular 20 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Kansas outrebounded UCSB 41-27 and Jamari Traylor matched Ellis with 10 of them. These two teams met two years ago with Kentucky squeaking out a win but there is little remaining from those who played in that game.
Kentucky is 7-1-1 against the spread in their last nine neutral site games, 5-2-1 against the spread following a win, and 5-2 against the spread against the Big 12. Kansas is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games, 0-4 against the spread against the SEC, and 1-6 against the spread against a team with a winning record. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.
This game is a coin flip so getting two baskets is more than I can pass up so my pick here is Kansas with the points.