Kentucky Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 12/1/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (+4)
The Kentucky Wildcats (1-1) are headed to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday where they'll meet the Kansas Jayhawks (1-1). Kentucky opens this game as 4-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 145.5.
Kentucky heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 1-1 this year. They are turning it over 18.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 16.5 fouls per game. As a team, Kentucky is collecting 45.5 rebounds per game and is sitting with 23 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 156th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Wildcats are shooting 23.1% from downtown (6 of 26) and 61.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 72.5 points per contest (145th in college hoops) while connecting on 45.8% from the floor. On the defensive end of the court, the Wildcats are able to force 15.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.0 fouls. They currently rank 211th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 22 surrendered for the year. The Wildcats are allowing a shooting percentage of 39.3% (46 of 117) and they surrender 28.0 rebounds per contest as a team. They give up 21.7% on 3-point attempts and they are 153rd in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (60.5).
The Kentucky Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Richmond Spiders and took a loss by a score of 76-64 in their last game. Kentucky ended the game with a 36.1% FG percentage (22 out of 61) and made 0 of their 10 shots from distance. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats made 20 of 33 attempts for a rate of 60.6%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 52 with 20 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 5 assists in the matchup in addition to earning 4 steals and 3 blocks. With regard to defense, Kentucky allowed the other team to go 36.1% from the floor on 22 of 61. Richmond doled out 15 assists and 10 steals for this game. Moreover, the Spiders pulled down 28 rebounds (5 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 3 blocks. Richmond ended up shooting 78.6% at the charity stripe by making 11 of 14 shots. They also converted 7 out of their 25 tries from beyond the arc.
Brandon Boston is one player who saw a lot of minutes for the contest. He accounted for 20 points on 8 of 20 shooting. He saw the court for 38 minutes played and pulled down 10 rebounds. Boston finished the contest at 40.0% from the floor and earned 2 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in the game for the Wildcats was Olivier Sarr. He collected 11 boards and accounted for 2 assists. He ended up shooting 38.5% from the floor in this game by shooting 5-of-13 (17 points). When the game finished, Sarr saw the court for 38 minutes.
Kansas has a win-loss mark of 1-1 for the season. As an offense, the Jayhawks are shooting 51.6% from the floor, which is 43rd in the country. Kansas has accounted for 184 pts this season (92.0 per contest) and they collect 37.5 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 13.5 times per game (136th in the nation) and they are losing possession via turnover 15.5 times per contest. The Jayhawks have committed 16.5 fouls every game while shooting 71.2% from the free throw line. The Jayhawks defensively are ranked 331st in D-1 in PPG allowed with 87.0. The Kansas defense surrenders 34.5% on shots from beyond the perimeter (19 of 55) and their opponents are making 79.3% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 15.0 dimes and 33.0 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 278th and 189th in college hoops. They are able to force 15.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 48.2% from the field (308th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Kansas Jayhawks walked away with a victory by a final of 94-72 against the Saint Joseph's Hawks. The Jayhawks were able to snag 36 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 47 in the matchup. They stuffed 4 shots while getting 10 steals for the game. The Hawks committed 21 fouls for this game which took the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 28 attempts. They were able to convert 21 of the free throws for a rate of 75.0%. Pertaining to shots from downtown, Kansas knocked down 9 out of 20 attempts (45.0%). In all, the Jayhawks finished 32 for 64 from the field which had them shooting 50.0%. The Jayhawks allowed the Hawks to make 26 of their 75 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 34.7% in this contest. They went 35.1% from distance by connecting on 13 out of 37 and ended up going 7 out of 9 from the charity stripe (77.8%). When talking about how they rebounded, Kansas permitted Saint Joseph's to pull down 33 overall (11 offensive).
Christian Braun ended up being a factor for the Jayhawks for the contest. He converted 10 out of 13 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 76.9%, which earned him 30 points. Braun collected 9 rebounds in his 36 minutes and totaled 3 assists for the game. Another guy that played a role for Kansas was Ochai Agbaji. He accumulated 18 points in 34 minutes on the hardwood by going 7 of 13 shooting for the game. Agbaji ended up shooting 53.8% from the field as well as contributing 3 assists and 4 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas (-4)
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