Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Tech Red Raiders Prediction, 12/17/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas Jayhawks vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Location: United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas (+2)
The Kansas Jayhawks (6-1) travel to United Supermarkets Arena on Thursday where they'll meet the Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-1). Kansas opens this matchup as 2-point dogs. The O/U is set at 134.
Kansas heads into this game with a record of 6-1 for the season. The Jayhawks are connecting on 39.9% on shots from distance (61 of 153) and 70.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 81.6 pts per game (62nd in the country) on 44.4% from the floor. They lose possession by turning the ball over 12.9 times per game and as a squad they are committing 15.0 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Kansas is grabbing 43.7 boards per contest and has accounted for 95 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 55th in D-1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Jayhawks have forced 14.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. The Jayhawks defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 40.3% (173 of 429) and they concede 32.9 rebounds per game as a group. They are currently ranked 223rd in college hoops in allowing assists to the opposition with 72 surrendered for the season. They are relinquishing 29.9% on three-point shots while they are 137th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.6).
The Kansas Jayhawks took the court against the Omaha Mavericks and went home with a win by a final score of 95-50 in their last game. Kansas walked away from the contest with a 47.9% FG percentage (34 out of 71) and buried 12 out of their 31 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Jayhawks made 15 of their 18 shots for a percentage of 83.3%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they earned 52 with 20 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 18 assists in this contest while having 8 steals and 7 rejections. With regard to defending, Kansas allowed their opponent to shoot 47.9% from the floor on 34 of 71. Omaha distributed 4 assists and 5 steals for the contest. On top of that, the Mavericks grabbed 29 boards (11 offensive, 18 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Omaha shot 80.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 12 of 15 shots. They also made 4 out of their 20 tries from 3-point land.
Ochai Agbaji is one guy who was a major factor in this contest. He ended up with 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He played 22 minutes played and pulled down 5 boards. Agbaji walked away from this one shooting 70.0% from the field and also totaled 2 assists. One more player that saw a lot of court time in the matchup for the Jayhawks was David McCormack. He grabbed 11 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He shot 44.4% from the floor for the game by connecting on 4-of-9 (11 points). When this game wrapped up, McCormack played 14 min.
Texas Tech has a win-loss record of 6-1 this year. When it comes to offense, the Red Raiders are hitting on 44.6% from the field, which is 191st in the country. Texas Tech has accounted for 527 pts for the year (75.3 per game) and they pull in 37.9 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 15.3 times per game (93rd in the country) and they turn it over 12.3 times per contest. The Red Raiders commit 17.3 personal fouls every game and they go 67.5% from the free throw line. The Red Raiders on the defensive side of the court are 6th in the country in points allowed per game with 51.6. They are forcing their opponents into 20.7 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 35.5% from the floor (18th in the country). The Texas Tech defense concedes 25.4% on 3-point shots (34 of 134) and their opponents are making 63.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 7.1 dimes and 31.1 rebounds every game, which is ranked 7th and 55th in Division 1.
For their last game, the Texas Tech Red Raiders took home the win by a final score of 77-57 when they faced the TAMU Islanders. The Red Raiders were able to pull down 19 defensive rebounds and 21 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in the game. They also rejected 4 attempts while recording 8 steals for this game. The Islanders earned 23 personal fouls for this contest which got the Red Raiders to the free throw line for a total of 30 tries. They were able to make 19 of them for a rate of 63.3%. In terms of shooting from beyond the arc, Texas Tech made 4 of their 17 tries (23.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Red Raiders ended up going 27 out of 68 from the field which had them at 39.7%. The Red Raiders allowed the Islanders to knock down 21 out of their 48 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 43.8% in this contest. They finished 41.2% from downtown by going 7 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 8 out of 14 from the charity stripe (57.1%). Concerning how they rebounded, Texas Tech permitted TAMU to pull down 30 overall (8 offensive).
Marcus Santos-Silva ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Red Raiders in the matchup. He buried 5 out of 6 for the matchup for a field goal rate of 83.3%, which got him 12 points. Santos-Silva had 6 boards in his 25 mins played and added 2 dimes for this contest. One more player that was important for Texas Tech was Terrence Shannon. He totaled 15 points in his 24 minutes played via 5 out of 10 from the floor for this contest. Shannon walked away from this one going 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas (+2)
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