Kansas Jayhawks vs. Siena Saints - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Siena Saints (1-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (1-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -20.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Friday from the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, the Siena Saints and the Kansas Jayhawks will be meeting up in college basketball action.
Siena enters play here with a 1-1 record on the season. The Saints took their opener 89-78 against Cornell, then lost a tough one on Tuesday to George Washington 77-75. In that game, Siena had a 58-53 lead with eight minutes left, but gave up a 14-0 run that would basically seal the loss.
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On the season so far for the Saints, Marquis Wright is far and away the team’s points leader with 26.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG and 4.5 APG. Javion Ogunyemi is also playing well for Siena with 16.0 PPG and 6.0 RPG. Brett Bisping and Nico Clareth are also averaging in double figures for the Saints, with Bisping holding 14.0 PPG with 10.5 PPG for a doubled-double average, and Clareth sitting on 14.0 PPG with 3.0 APG and 2.5 RPG.
Over on the Kansas side, they’re coming into Friday’s game with a 1-1 record as well. The Jayhawks dropped their opener against Indiana 103-99, but bounced back to take a win over Duke 77-75. In that one, Kansas was down 34-29 at the half but took a 48-41 advantage in the second half to key in on the victory.
Frank Mason III was the big hero in the Duke game, and he’s averaging 25.5 PPG with 7.0 APG and 5.0 RPG for Kansas so far. Devonte’ Graham sits on 14.5 PPG with 3.5 RPG and 2.5 APG for the Jayhawks, while Josh Jackson (12.0 PPG; 4.0 RPG) and Carlton Bragg Jr. (10.5 PPG; 4.5 RPG) are averaging in double-digit scoring as well.
Siena is 5-0 ATS in their last five Friday games, and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight-up loss. The over is 5-1 in Siena’s last six games following an ATS win, and 11-4 in the Saints’ last 15 road games.
Meanwhile, Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Jayhawks are 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games following an ATS win, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games.
Kansas showed some early-season guts in the Duke victory, but it’s a little bothersome that Mason was the only one who could buy a bucket late in the game. Still, at this early stage of the season that’s not much to worry about, so realistically I expect the Jayhawks to come out with a solid wall-to-wall win here.