Kansas Jayhawks vs. Towson Tigers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/22/13
Towson Tigers (3-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (3-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks look to keep surging when they face the Towson Tigers in their opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
The Jayhawks come into the game off of an 86-66 rout of Iona Tuesday that saw the emergence of 7-0 freshman C Joel Embiid. Embiid, a native of Cameroon who only started playing Basketball at the age of 16, had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. 6-8 sophomore Perry Ellis led Kansas with 21 points on 81% from the field and added 7 rebounds. Standout 6-8 freshman G Andrew Wiggins posted 13 points and 7 boards. As a team, the Jayhawks shot 56% from the field on 33-of-58 shooting, 28% from distance on 4-of-14 attempts and 64% from the stripe. Ellis leads the team in scoring, averaging 19 ppg and is tied with Embiid for the team lead in rebounds per game at 8.0. Wiggins is second in scoring at average of 17.0 ppg.
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Towson comes in at 3-1 after suffering its first loss of the season, a 78-44 thrashing at Villanova in the Tigers’ first game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament Sunday. Senior 6-8 F Jerrelle Benimon, last season’s Colonial Athletic Association player of the year, was the only player to score in double figures with 11 points. Benimon also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. As a team, Towson shot 30% from the field on 17-of-55 shooting, made 2-of-17 three-pointers, and shot 42% from the free throw line. On the season, Benimon leads the team in scoring at 17.5 ppg and in rebounding at 11.8 per outing.
The line in this one is currently at -18 for Kansas. Towson had a pretty good win against Temple, but the blowout at Villanova shows this team doesn’t matchup well against bigger and better talent. It’s early, but Kansas could be the most talented team in the nation. The Jayhawks cover.