Omaha Mavericks vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 12/11/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Omaha Mavericks vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Omaha (+23)
Allen Fieldhouse is the site where and the Kansas Jayhawks (5-1) will play the Omaha Mavericks (2-4) on Friday. Kansas opens this matchup as 23-point favorites. The over/under opens at 143.
Omaha will enter this matchup with a record of 2-4 on the year. The Mavericks are hitting 28.0% on shots from distance (26 of 93) and 67.8% from the free throw line. They are averaging 63.7 pts per contest (266th in the nation) while connecting on 40.1% from the floor. They cough up possession 17.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.0 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Omaha is snagging 35.8 rebounds per game and has accounted for 54 dimes for the season, which ranks 153rd in the country in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Mavericks are able to force 14.0 turnovers every game while drawing 18.2 fouls. The Mavericks defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.3% (160 of 353) and they surrender 35.8 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 297th in Division 1 in giving up assists to the opposition with 89 surrendered on the campaign. They are surrendering 40.9% on shots from downtown and they rank 218th in the nation in points per game allowed (74.2).
The Omaha Mavericks played the SIU Edwardsville Cougars and took home the win by a score of 65-63 in their last game. Omaha finished the contest having earned a 44.9% FG percentage (22 of 49) and made 6 of their 16 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Mavericks buried 15 of 22 attempts for a rate of 68.2%. In terms of rebounding, they compiled 36 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 10 assists in this matchup while getting 3 steals and 2 blocks. Pertaining to defense, Omaha allowed the other team to go 44.9% from the floor on 22 of 49. SIU Edwardsville distributed 7 dimes and 6 steals in the game. Moreover, the Cougars grabbed 27 rebounds (6 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. SIU Edwardsville ended up shooting 73.7% from the charity stripe by burying 14 of their 19 shots. They made 7 of their 23 tries from distance.
Matt Pile is someone who was a contributor in this matchup. He ended up finishing with 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 32 mins and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Pile ended up shooting 62.5% from the field and earned 2 assists. One more player that played big minutes in the matchup for the Mavericks was Ayo Akinwole. He had 6 rebounds and also collected 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 50.0% from the field for this contest by hitting 5-of-10 (16 points). Overall, Akinwole saw the court for 29 min.
Kansas has a mark of 5-1 for the campaign. The Jayhawks commit 14.7 personal fouls every game while shooting 68.4% from the free throw line. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.8 times per game (196th in the country) and they turn the ball over 13.0 times per contest. Kansas has scored 476 points on the year (79.3 per contest) and they grab 42.0 boards per game. As an offensive team, the Jayhawks are connecting on 43.7% from the field, which is 220th in college hoops. The Jayhawks on the defensive end are ranked 167th in the nation in points allowed per contest with 70.5. The Kansas defense gives up 31.3% on shots from beyond the arc (46 of 147) and their opposition knocks down 66.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They have relinquished 11.3 dimes and 33.2 rebounds per game, which ranks them 93rd and 94th in college basketball. They are able to force 14.3 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 42.5% from the field (167th in college basketball).
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks got the win with a final of 73-72 when they faced the Creighton Bluejays. The Jayhawks collected 25 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in the game. They also rejected 3 tries while recording 10 steals in this game. The Bluejays had 16 personal fouls in this game which took the Jayhawks to the free throw line for a total of 17 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 64.7%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Kansas made 10 out of their 22 tries (45.5%). When all was said and done, the Jayhawks went 26 out of 66 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.4%. The Jayhawks permitted the Bluejays to bury 27 out of their 56 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.2% in this contest. They finished 33.3% from downtown by shooting 9 of 27 and finished the game at 9 out of 18 from the charity stripe (50.0%). In relation to cleaning the glass, Kansas permitted Creighton to grab 31 in total (3 offensive).
Christian Braun was pivotal for the Jayhawks in the matchup. He knocked down 5 out of 13 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which had him finishing with 14 points. Braun pulled down 4 boards in his 37 minutes and had 6 dimes in this game. One more player who was a determining factor for Kansas was Jalen Wilson. He ended up scoring 23 points in 32 minutes on the court by way of 8 out of 12 from the floor for the game. Wilson finished going 66.7% from the field and also totaling 2 assists and 10 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas (-23)
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