Harvard Crimson vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 12/22/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Harvard Crimson vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Thursday, December 22, 2022
Location: Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, KS
Allen Fieldhouse is where the Kansas Jayhawks (10-1) will try to defeat the Harvard Crimson (7-4) on Thursday.
The Harvard Crimson played UC Irvine and took home the win by a score of 62-57 in their last contest. Harvard finished with a 36.7% field goal percentage (22 out of 60) and converted 4 of their 22 three-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Crimson made 14 of 17 tries for a percentage of 82.4%. In terms of rebounding, they collected 41 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 8 dimes for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and earning 7 steals. With respect to defense, Harvard allowed the other team to shoot 37.3% from the field on 22 out of 59 shooting. UC Irvine earned 9 assists and had 8 steals for the game. Additionally, UC Irvine snagged 30 boards (8 offensive, 22 defensive), but didn't notch a rejection. UC Irvine finished 68.8% when shooting free throws by burying 11 of their 16 attempts. They also knocked down 2 of 14 tries from long range. In reference to fouls, the Crimson ended up with 17 while UC Irvine finished the game with 18 fouls.
Chris Ledlum is one player who was a major factor in the game. He ended up with 18 points on 8 of 16 shooting. He was on the court for 34 mins played and also totaled 9 boards. He shot 50.0% from the floor and recorded 1 assist.
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Harvard heads into this matchup with a record of 7-4 so far this year. They are turning it over 14.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 14.0 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Harvard is pulling down 36.2 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 151 dimes for the season, which ranks 219th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Crimson are hitting 28.2% on 3-pointers (66 of 234) and 65.2% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 68.3 points per outing (280th in college hoops) on 45.0% from the field.
Defensively, the Crimson are forcing 13.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.9 fouls. They surrender 31.3% on 3-point attempts and they rank 64th in college basketball in PPG allowed (63.6). The Crimson are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 40.7% (260 of 639) and they relinquish 31.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 37th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 111 relinquished for the year.
For their last game, the Kansas Jayhawks walked away with a victory by a final of 84-62 when they played Indiana. In the matter of team rebounding, Kansas permitted Indiana to collect 30 in all (7 offensive). They went 31.6% from 3-point land by shooting 6 out of 19 and ended up shooting 16 out of 20 at the free throw line (80.0%). The Jayhawks permitted Indiana to knock down 20 out of their 53 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 37.7% for this contest. At the conclusion of this game, the Jayhawks shot 35 for 68 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 51.5%. Regarding three-point shots, Kansas converted 7 out of 16 tries (43.8%). They were able to bury 7 of those for a rate of 100.0%. Indiana had 10 personal fouls for the game which got the Jayhawks to the charity stripe for a total of 7 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 14 times, while getting 17 steals for the matchup. The Jayhawks snagged 25 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds totaling 34 for the matchup.
Gradey Dick was important for the Jayhawks in this contest. He knocked down 8 out of 12 for the game for a rate of 66.7%, and had 6 rebounds. He tallied 20 points in his 33 mins on the court, but wasn't able to notch an assist.
Kansas has a record of 10-1 so far this season. The Jayhawks are responsible for committing 16.1 fouls per game and they hit 68.1% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 18.6 times per game (10th in college hoops) and they turn it over 12.6 times per contest. Kansas has accounted for 878 points for the year (79.8 per game) and they pull in 38.5 boards per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Jayhawks are hitting on 48.4% from the floor, which ranks them 45th in the country.
The Kansas defense allows 29.4% on shots from distance (72 of 245) and their opponents are knocking down 71.4% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 10.4 assists and 34.9 boards every game, which is 43rd and 227th in D-1. The Jayhawks defensively are ranked 97th in college hoops in points per game surrendered with 65.3. They are forcing their opponents into 16.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 39.1% from the floor (39th in college basketball).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas
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