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Kansas vs. UNLV - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNLV Rebels (9-4) at Kansas Jayhawks (10-2)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The UNLV Rebels and Kansas Jayhawks square off Sunday afternoon at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The UNLV Rebels have split their last four games and are playing their third true road game. On the season, UNLV is averaging 65.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting and is allowing 64.3 points on 38.3 percent shooting. Rashad Vaughn is averaging 17.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while Christian Wood is averaging 15.7 points and 9.8 rebounds. Dwayne Morgan is grabbing four rebounds and Patrick McCaw is shooting 36.7 percent from the field. The UNLV Rebels rely most on their length, as they’re grabbing close to 39 rebounds and blocking 7.2 shots per game. Offensively, UNLV is shooting 61.4 percent from the free throw line and 35.6 percent from deep while the defense is forcing 10.2 turnovers. Goodluck Okonoboh is questionable for this game with a knee injury.

Kansas vs. UNLV - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas Jayhawks have won nine of their last 10 games and play for the first time since Tuesday. On the season, Kansas is averaging 70.8 points on 42.4 percent shooting and is allowing 64.8 points on 42 percent shooting. Perry Ellis is averaging 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds while Frank Mason III is averaging 11.9 points and four assists. Cliff Alexander is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Wayne Selden Jr. is shooting 33.3 percent from the field. The Kansas Jayhawks also rely on their length, as they’re grabbing close to 39 rebounds and blocking five shots. Offensively, Kansas is shooting 72.8 percent from the line and 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 69 or less points in eight of its last 10 games.

The Runnin' Rebels are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games and 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 non-conference games. The Jayhawks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a S.U. win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. 

Kansas should start hitting its stride here. While I like UNLV and think it can compete, Kansas will eventually pull away and win this game by double digits. The Jayhawks have too much depth at both ends of the court. 

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Kansas Jayhawks -13.5

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