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New Mexico Lobos vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

New Mexico Lobos (7-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (6-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Sprint Center)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The 13th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks look to snap their three-game skid when they meet the New Mexico Lobos at the Sprint Center in Kansas City Saturday.

Kansas has hit a bit of a rough patch since taking out Duke in week two and reaching the number 2 ranking the following week, dropping three of its last four, including a stunning 75-72 buzzer-beater at Colorado Dec. 7 and a 67-61 loss to #19 Florida Tuesday. The Jayhawks outshot the Gators from the field 43 percent to 37 percent, but were ultimately unable to recover from 16 first half turnovers. Freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins recorded his first career double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds, both career highs. Florida broke the game open early with a 21-0 run in the first half and took a 36-21 lead into the break, but Kansas clawed its way back and trimmed the lead to 60-55 with less than a minute to play. The Gators thwarted the comeback bid, though, with clutch free throw shooting down the stretch. The Jayhawks finished with 24 turnovers and committed 25 fouls. On the season, Kansas is averaging 77.1 ppg on 49 percent shooting and Wiggins leads the team with 16.4 ppg on 50 percent from the field.

New Mexico Lobos vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/14/13

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New Mexico, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 7-1 and winners in four of their last five, including a 63-54 home victory over Cincinnati Dec. 7 in their most impressive result to date. The Lobos executed their game plan to perfection, slowing the Bearcat’s transition game and scoring from the low post with relative ease. New Mexico big men senior F Cameron Bairstow and junior C Alex Kirk dominated the paint with 24 points and 13 rebounds and 15 points and 15 boards, respectively. The Lobos pulled away early with a 13-2 run, but the Bearcats answered with an 8-0 run of their own to end the half. Cincinnati was able to pull within 35-33 early in the second half, but could get no closer as the New Mexico lead swelled to 13 at one point. Through eight games, the Lobos are averaging 81.6 ppg on 45 percent shooting and Bairstow leads the team with 19.8 ppg on 55 percent from the field.

The line in this game favors Kansas by 6 points and you have to figure they’re far too talented to continue slumping, as talented as this New Mexico team is.  The Jayhawks are in dire need of a statement and a win here would certainly fit the bill. Look for Kansas to cover.

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