Saturday, January 28, 2017
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The Kansas Jayhawks travel to Rupp Arena to play the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, January 28, 2017. The opening line for this game has Kentucky as 7 point favorites.
The Jayhawks come into this game with an overall record of 18-2 and a road record of 4-1. They are 6-12 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-10. The Wildcats have an overall record of 17-3 and a home record of 10-1. They have an over/under record of 13-7 and they are 13-7 against the spread.
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Frank Mason comes into this contest averaging 19.9 points per game while playing 35.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Jayhawks. He pulls down 4.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 5.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 51% while his free throw percentage is currently at 74%. Josh Jackson averages 15.5 points per game in 28.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.1 assists per contest and 6.6 rebounds per game for Kansas. His field goal percentage is 49% for the year while his free throw percentage is 56%.
Malik Monk averages 21.9 points per game while playing 30.3 minutes per contest this year for the Wildcats. He grabs 2.4 rebounds per game and has 2.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. De'Aaron Fox averages 16.2 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 29 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.6 rebounds per contest and 5.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 71%.
Kansas averages 84.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 11th in the nation. Their average scoring margin is 13.6 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 42% which is good for 4th in the country. They average 40.2 rebounds per game and 17.4 assists per game which ranks them 17th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 129th with 12.8 per game. The Jayhawks allow 71 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 132nd in the nation. They also allow a 41% shooting percentage and a 35% average from behind the arc ranking them 57th and 195th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 34.4 rebounds a game which ranks 110th and they give up 12.7 assists per contest which puts them in 126th place in the country. They force 13.3 turnovers per game which ranks them 182nd in Division 1.
Kentucky averages 92.2 points per game this year which ranks them 1st in Division 1 college basketball. Their average scoring margin is 19.7 and their shooting percentage is 50% as a team which has them sitting in the 11th spot in the country. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 165th in the nation. They average 41 rebounds per game and 17.8 assists per contest which ranks them 8th and 7th respectively. In the turnover department the Wildcats rank 39th with 11.5 per game. The Wildcats allow 72.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 172nd in the country. They also allow a 42% shooting percentage and a 31% average from behind the arc ranking them 79th and 28th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 35.4 rebounds a game which ranks 165th and they give up 11.6 assists per contest which puts them in 57th place in the nation. The Wildcats force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 23rd in college basketball.
The Jayhawks average 79.6 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 74.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 7 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 0 per contest. The Jayhawks have an offensive rating of 116.8 and they assist on 56.2% of their shots. In terms of pace they average 72 possessions per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 57%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they shoot 3 pointers on 34% of their shots. Kansas turns the ball over an average of 15.2 times per 100 possessions and they get a steal on 9.8% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 54% while their offensive rebound percentage is 35.6%. The Jayhawks give up 72.6 points per game on the road this season and they have surrendered 74.7 points per contest in their last 3 games.
The Wildcats score 94.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 84.3 points per contest in their last 3 games.They have an average scoring differential of 7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 24.5 points per game. The Wildcats have a rating on offense of 119.7 and 53.7% of their shots are assisted. They possess the ball 77.1 times per 40 minutes and their effective field goal percentage for the year is 55%. As an offensive unit they have a true shooting percentage of 58% and they attempt 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. Kentucky turns it over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions and they steal the ball on 8.2% of their opponents possessions. Their total rebound percentage is 53.6% while their offensive rebound percentage for the season is 36.1%. The Wildcats give up 69.8 points per contest at home this year and they have given up 77.3 points per game in their past 3 contests.
Kansas Jayhawks Betting Trends
The Kansas Jayhawks are 6-12 against the spread
The Kansas Jayhawks are 8-10 against the over/under
Kentucky Wildcats Betting Trends
The Kentucky Wildcats are 13-7 against the spread
The Kentucky Wildcats are 13-7 against the over/under
Kansas Jayhawks Injuries
12/21/16 C Udoka Azubuike Wrist out for season
01/03/17 C Evan Maxwell Personal has left team
Kentucky Wildcats Injuries
01/24/17 G Mychal Mulder Illness "?"
Guy's Pick: Take Kentucky -7
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