Kansas Jayhawks (5-0) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (4-0)
November 24, 2022 11:00 am EDT
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers / Kansas Jayhawks ; Over/Under: -
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The Kansas Jayhawks and the Wisconsin Badgers meet in college basketball action from the Imperial Arena on Thursday.
The Kansas Jayhawks come into this game fresh off of their 80-74 win over NC State in their last game. Jalen Wilson leads the Jayhawks in scoring and rebounding with 24.5 PPG and 9.3 RPG while Gradey Dick has 16.8 PPG and 3.8 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Kansas up to this point in the season. Dajuan Harris Jr. also has 9 PPG with a team-high 6.3 APG to lead Kansas in the assist department up to this point in the year. As a team, Kansas is averaging 80.4 points per game on 48% shooting from the field, 36.1% from three point range and 63.6% from the foul line this season.
The Wisconsin Badgers will try to build on their 43-42 win over Dayton in their last outing. Tyler Wahl leads the Badgers in scoring and rebounding with 14.7 PPG and 8 RPG while Chucky Hepburn has 11 PPG with 4 RPG and a team-high 3.7 APG to lead the Badgers in the assist department. Jordan Davis and Steven Crowl each have 10 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Wisconsin up to this point in the year with Crowl logging 7.7 RPG as well on the year. As a team, Wisconsin is averaging 61 points per game on 35.4% shooting form the field, 33.7% from three point range and 75.7% from the foul line this season.
I get the case to be made for Wisconsin as the defense has looked outstanding through their first four games. However, when you dig deeper, the quality of the opponents is lacking a bit, and in terms of efficiency, Kansas is the better team in terms of adjusted offensive efficiency, according to KenPom. I just feel that Kansas is the better team here and at some point, relying on your defense to win games has to catch up to the Badgers and I think that happens here. Give me Kansas here.