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Kansas vs Baylor Pick & Preview: Monday, January 23rd Betting Odds
Jayhawks vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kansas Jayhawks at Baylor Bears
- Where: Waco at Ferrell Center
- Date: Monday, January 23rd
- Betting Odds: Kansas +2.5, KAN +121 | BAYL -148 O/U 149.0
The Kansas Jayhawks head into today’s game in what will be their 20th game of the season, posting a record of 16-3. So far, the Jayhawks have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 4-2. For the season, Kansas has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Jayhawks being +2.5 point underdogs.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 21.26 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 8.79 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gradey Dick, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.37 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.3% of his shots and is adding 5.26 boards per game.
So far this season, Kansas has put together a strong scoring offense at 78.6 points per game (31st). This strong figure has come despite the Jayhawks playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.5% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Kansas’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.1%
Baylor will take the floor against the Jayhawks with an overall record of 14-5. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 9-2. The Bears’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Baylor has been favored to win in 16 games, sitting with a mark of 11-5.
Baylor will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Keyonte George who is averaging 17.37 points per game for the Bears. George is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bears’ offensive game plan is the play of Adam Flagler who has hit 44.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.0 points per game.
Baylor comes into today’s matchup vs Kansas, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 76.5 points per game. Through 19 games, they have hit 46.3% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bears have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 486th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Kansas Jayhawks +2.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Baylor Bears are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2.5. However, we anticipate Kansas putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Bears as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Jayhawks to cover.
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