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Kentucky vs. Kansas - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas at Kentucky
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)
Rupp Arena
Lexington, KY
The Line
Kentucky Wildcats -6 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats meet in a battle between a pair of top-10 teams from Rupp Arena in college basketball action as part of the SEC/Big 12 challenge on Saturday evening.

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to build some momentum with a huge road win after an 80-76 win over Iowa State in their last outing. Dedric Lawson led the Jayhawks with 29 points on an efficient 13 of 17 shooting with a pair of threes and 15 rebounds for the double-double while Marcus Garrett added 16 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 3 steals. Lagerald Vick added 14 points while Devon Dotson chipped in 11 points and a team-high 8 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Kansas in the win. Lawson leads Kansas by averaging a double-double per game with 19.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while Doston leads the Jayhawks in assists with 3.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 78.1 points per game on 48.1% shooting from the floor, 35.6% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

The Kentucky Wildcats will look to build on their current 5-game winning streak after a 76-55 beatdown of Mississippi State in their last outing. PJ Washington led the Wildcats with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting with 3 threes and 4 blocks while Tyler Herro added 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes of his own as the only other Kentucky player to score in double figures in the win. Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans each added 5 points with Travis leading Kentucky with 12 rebounds while Hagans dished out a team-high 9 assists in the victory. Keldon Johnson was held to 9 points and 3 steals but still leads Kentucky in scoring with 14.7 points per game while Washington leads Kentucky in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game and Hagans leads the Wildcats in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Kentucky is averaging 80 points per game on 48.6% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 75.1% from the foul line this season.

Kansas is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.

Kansas has won the last 3 meetings between these two power programs, so there’s reason to consider the points as Kansas has had Kentucky’s number as of late. However, Kansas’ struggles on the road this season have been well documented, as the Jayhawks have gone just 1-3 on the road this season, losing to Arizona State, Iowa State and perhaps the most disappointing was in their last road game, losing to a West Virginia team that’s far removed from what the Mountaineers have been in the past. Kentucky has gone 11-0 SU this season and have outscored their opponents at Rupp Arenaby 20 points per game this season. Now granted, Kansas will be the best team that’s visited Rupp Arena so far this season, but I think given Kansas’ issues on the road, it wouldn’t be crazy to see the Wildcats cover here so I’ll lay the points with Kentucky in this one.

Kentucky -6

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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