Kansas Jayhawks vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 1/30/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kansas Jayhawks vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Saturday, January 30, 2021
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Kansas (+2.5)
Thompson-Boling Arena is the venue where and the Tennessee Volunteers (11-3) will play the Kansas Jayhawks (11-5) on Saturday. Tennessee opens this game as 2.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 130.
Kansas heads into this game with a win-loss mark of 11-5 so far this year. They are turning it over 13.1 times per game and as a group they commit 15.7 personal fouls every game. As a team, Kansas is snagging 38.6 boards per game and has earned 217 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 86th in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Jayhawks are hitting 36.3% on three-point attempts (127 of 350) and 71.5% from the free throw line. They are averaging 74.3 points per game (124th in Division 1) while hitting 44.4% from the field. Defensively, the Jayhawks have forced 13.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.7 personal fouls. They are giving up 34.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 102nd in college hoops in points per game allowed (67.5). The Jayhawks are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 41.5% (392 of 945) and they relinquish 33.3 boards per game as a group. They are currently ranked 201st in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 181 relinquished on the campaign.
The Kansas Jayhawks faced off with the TCU Horned Frogs and earned the victory with a final of 59-51 in their last contest. Kansas finished having earned a 41.1% field goal percentage (23 out of 56) and converted 4 of their 17 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Jayhawks converted 9 of 16 attempts for a rate of 56.3%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they earned a total of 35 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 11 assists for the matchup as well as having 8 steals and 7 blocked shots. Regarding defending, Kansas allowed the other team to go 41.1% from the floor on 23 out of 56 shooting. TCU totaled 10 assists and had 7 steals in this matchup. In addition, the Horned Frogs snagged 34 rebounds (9 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 7 blocked shots. TCU walked away from this one shooting 45.5% when shooting free throws by making 5 of their 11 attempts. They also buried 8 of 21 shots from three-point range.
David McCormack is someone who came through for the contest. He notched 15 points on 7 of 13 shooting. He played 26 mins played and also grabbed 6 rebounds. McCormack finished 53.8% from the floor but had no assists when the game ended. An additional guy that was a contributor in this game for the Jayhawks was Ochai Agbaji. He pulled down 3 boards and had 4 dimes. He finished the contest at 35.7% from the floor for the matchup by going 5-of-14 (13 points). At the conclusion of this game, Agbaji was on the court for 38 min.
Tennessee has a mark of 11-3 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Volunteers are shooting 44.6% from the field, which is ranked 165th in the nation. Tennessee has 1,018 points on the season (72.7 per game) and they average 36.1 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 15.2 times per contest (77th in the country) and they are giving up possession 11.1 times per contest. The Volunteers are responsible for committing 16.1 personal fouls every game while shooting 71.3% from the free throw line. The Volunteers defensively are ranked 6th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 59.3. They have forced 16.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 39.4% from the floor (27th in D-1). The Tennessee defense allows 30.8% on 3-pointers (90 of 292) and their opponents are converting on 68.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 9.5 dimes and 33.2 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 14th and 95th in Division 1.
In their last game, the Tennessee Volunteers got the win with a final of 56-53 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The Volunteers were able to snag 18 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 28 in the matchup. They turned away 6 tries while recording 8 steals for the matchup. The Bulldogs had 20 personal fouls for the contest which got the Volunteers to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to convert 13 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 72.2%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, Tennessee converted 3 out of 19 attempts (15.8%). In all, the Volunteers finished shooting 20 out of 54 from the field which gave them a rate of 37.0%. The Volunteers permitted the Bulldogs to bury 17 of their 52 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 32.7% in the matchup. They went 23.1% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 3 out of 13 and walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 23 at the charity stripe (69.6%). In regard to rebounding, Tennessee allowed Mississippi State to grab 39 in total (13 offensive).
Yves Pons was important for the Volunteers for the matchup. He made 6 out of 9 in this game for a rate of 66.7%, which had him sitting at 13 points. Pons snagged 2 rebounds in his 22 minutes played and added 2 assists in this game. An additional guy that ended being a contributor for Tennessee was Santiago Vescovi. He totaled 8 points in his 31 minutes on the court via 2 out of 8 from the floor for this contest. Vescovi finished going 25.0% from the field while also contributing 2 dimes and 7 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kansas (+2.5)
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