Kansas vs. Syracuse - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Syracuse Orange (6-0) at Kansas Jayhawks (6-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 5:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks and Syracuse Orange meet Saturday in college basketball action at the American Airlines Arena.
The Kansas Jayhawks look for another solid victory to improve to 7-0 on the season. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 94.5 points on 54.1 percent shooting and allowing 61.5 points on 35.9 percent shooting. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is averaging 18.2 points and 1.5 assists while Udoka Azubuike is averaging 16 points and 6.7 rebounds. Devonte' Graham is the third double-digit scorer and Lagerald Vick is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks are shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Kansas Jayhawks have won seven of their last nine neutral site games.
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The Syracuse Orange have a chance for a statement victory while improving to 7-0 on the season. The Syracuse Orange are averaging 74.3 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 59.7 points on 35.7 percent shooting. Tyus Battle is averaging 19.7 points and 2.3 rebounds while Frank Howard is averaging 15.7 points and six assists. Oshae Brissett is the third double-digit scorer and Marek Dolezaj is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Syracuse Orange are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free throw line. The Syracuse Orange are allowing 34 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Syracuse Orange have lost four straight neutral site games.
The Jayhawks are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 neutral site games, 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Orange are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, 14-35-2 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. The under is 4-1 in Orange last 5 overall and the over is 5-2 in Jayhawks last 7 neutral site games.
We know the Kansas Jayhawks are a super talented team and are playing well at both ends, but this line is a bit too steep for my taste. The Syracuse Orange have allowed less than 70 points in six of their first seven games and are going to force Kansas to make a lot of outside shots with that zone defense. Syraucse usually always finds a way to hang around and has some big boys in the paint who can get physical with the Jayhawks. This seems like too many points to lay. Give me the Orange.