Kansas vs. Harvard - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Harvard Crimson (2-5) at Kansas Jayhawks (5-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3:15 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -22.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Harvard Crimson and Kansas Jayhawks square off Saturday afternoon at the Allen Fieldhouse.
The Harvard Crimson need this big win to help climb out of a brutal 2-5 start to the season. The Harvard Crimson are averaging 63.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 36.3 percent shooting. Zena Edosomwan is averaging 13.6 points and 9.6 rebounds while Tommy McCarthy is averaging 10.3 points and 4.1 assists. Patrick Steeves is dishing three assists and Evan Cummins is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Harvard Crimson are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 56.7 percent from the free throw line. Harvard is averaging 15 turnovers and has made just 68 of 120 free throws, which doesn’t help when three of its five losses have been by nine or less points. The Harvard Crimson have lost five of their last six road games.
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The Kansas Jayhawks hope to build on their four-game winning streak and improve to 6-1 overall. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 87.6 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 41.8 percent shooting. Wayne Selden Jr. is averaging 17.2 points and 3.2 assists while Perry Ellis is averaging 15.3 points and six rebounds. Cheick Diallo is grabbing six rebounds and Frank Mason III is dishing 5.7 assists. The Kansas Jayhawks are shooting 45.7 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. Kansas has six double-digit scorers and is allowing just 29.5 percent shooting from downtown. The Kansas Jayhawks haven’t lost a home game since Jan of 2014.
The Crimson are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jayhawks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
We all know Kansas is by far the better team here. However, Harvard is well coached and while its losing, it has been able to keep its losses rather close. I'm just waiting for the Crimson to bounce back and while that may or may not happen, I can't leave this many points on the table with a team capable of playing so much better.