UAB vs. Kansas - 11/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (2-1) at UAB Blazers (2-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Sprint Center)
The Line: UAB Blazers +19 -- Over/Under: 152.5 See the Latest Odds
The UAB Blazers and the Kansas Jayhawks face off on Monday in Kansas City in the opening round of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic college basketball tournament.
The UAB Blazers are 2-1 so far this season after beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Troy and losing to Furman. UAB is averaging 78 points per game and they are shooting 45.3 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 67 points and their opponents are shooting 37.3 percent. Chris Coakley leads the Blazers averaging 14.3 points and 6 rebounds per game. Dirk Williams is averaging 13 points for UAB, Hakeem Baxter is averaging 11 points, and Tyler Madison is averaging 10 points. UAB is facing a tall order in this one and they will need to leave it all on the court if they hope to compete.
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The Kansas Jayhawks are off to a 2-1 start to the season bouncing back from their opening loss to Indiana with wins over Duke and Siena. Kansas is averaging 87.3 points per game and they are shooting 50 percent from the floor and just 23.1 percent from beyond the 3-point arc while defensively they are allowing 81 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Frank Mason III leads the Jayhawks averaging 23 points and 36.7 minutes per game. Devonte’ Graham is averaging 14 points for KU, Carlton Bragg Jr. is averaging 12 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Josh Jackson is averaging 11.7 points. Kansas once again looks like one of the top teams in the nation.
UAB is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games, 5-2 against the spread against the Big 12, and 1-7 against the spread following a win. Kansas is 5-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 10-3 against the spread in their last 13 neutral site games, and 13-5 against the spread following a win.
I look for Kansas to put on a show as they are basically at home here and they simply have too much depth and too much talent and they are the pick even with this gigantic number.