College blue bloods clash when the Kansas Jayhawks make a rare trip to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats Saturday. Despite both teams being the best-of-the-best in the nation, books have nailed this rivalry with the favorite going 6-0 SU and ATS in the past six meetings. Kansas won last year’s meeting in overtime on the back of Wayne Seldon Jr’s 33-point effort.
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- Kentucky is 13-2 ATS in their last 15 games at home against teams with winning records.
- Kentucky is 6-0 SU and ATS in their last 6 games after a loss.
- The total has gone UNDER in Kansas’s last 5 games.
The Jayhawks enter this massive matchup on the back of their worst loss of the season, as their offense was completely stifled during an 85-69 loss to West Virginia. Kansas will be looking for some secondary scoring, as only three players managed to score double-digits in the loss with the bench contributing just seven points. Frank Mason continues to pace the Big 12 in scoring with the senior averaging 19.9 ppg while also averaging 5.2 assists, which is the fourth-best in the conference.
Kentucky enters this contest off a loss as well, as the Wildcats were downed 82-80 in Knoxville for the second-straight season. The deep ball killed Kentucky in that game with the Wildcats shooting just 20 percent from deep while allowing 50 percent from beyond the arc. Malik Monk has cemented himself as the focal point of Kentucky’s attack with the freshman averaging 22.5 points and 15.3 shots in the past four games.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Kansas Jayhawks were listed as 5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including the odds makers at BetOnline.
Kansas Jayhawks vs Kentucky Wildcats Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
The Kentucky Wildcats bring a 17-3 record (12-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-2 Jayhawks, who are 6-12 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Kentucky go 13-7 so far and the Kansas Jayhawks go 8-10.
The Kentucky Wildcats sit at No. 11 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds – Shark, while the Kansas Jayhawks sit at No. 45 on the same chart.
The game also pits Kentucky’s No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 92.25 PPG, against a Jayhawks defense that ranks No. 124 at 71 PPG. The Wildcats field goal percentage has averaged 49.51% so far, less than the Jayhawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.84% per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
The Jayhawks endured a 85-69 loss at the hands of the Mountaineers on Tuesday, despite a 22-point effort from Josh Jackson at WVU Colliseum.
The Wildcats endured a 82-80 loss at the hands of the Volunteers on Tuesday, despite a 25-point effort from Malik Monk at Thompson-Boling Arena.
- Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Kansas is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas’s last 5 games
- Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
- Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 11 of Kentucky’s last 16 games
- Kentucky is 18-6 ATS in its last 24 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Kansas home to Baylor, Wednesday, February 1st
Kentucky at Georgia, Tuesday, January 31st