The East Tennessee State Buccaneers (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they clash with the No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (2-1) at Allen Fieldhouse. Action starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Kansas Jayhawks ATS Preview
In the Buccaneers’ last contest, they won a close one over the Winthrop Eagles, 61-58. Bo Hodges was the top scorer from either team with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting. The Buccaneers had a much better free throw rate (0.240 vs. 0.056) and had a much better turnover percentage (15.5 vs. 23.7).
The Jayhawks hope to maintain momentum after dismantling the Monmouth Hawks in their last game, 112-57. Kansas was lifted by David McCormack, who recorded 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kansas played a perfect game. They had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 8.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.667. Monmouth put up marks of 17.6 and 0.333, respectively, for those same stats.
The sweet-shooting offense of Kansas will clash against the mid-tier defense of East Tennessee State. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Jayhawks offense ranks 81st in effective field goal percentage (0.530), while the East Tennessee State defense ranks 211th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.508). The Jayhawks should have the edge on that side of the ball. Moreover, the Buccaneers rank 271st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.208), while the Jayhawks rank 49th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.191).
East Tennessee State vs. Kansas ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Buccaneers rank 26th in assists per game (15.7) while the Jayhawks rank 150th (13.5).
East Tennessee State ranks 57th in blocked shots (4.2 per game) while Kansas ranks 154th in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
East Tennessee State ranks sixth in rebounds allowed per game (29.6) while Kansas ranks 167th (34.9).
The Buccaneers average 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 54th in the NCAA. The Jayhawks rank 185th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
East Tennessee State averages 22.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 170th in the country. Kansas ranks 295th in three pointers allowed per game (25.6).