The No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (9-1) and the No. 18 Villanova Wildcats (8-2) go head-to-head at Wells Fargo Center. The Jayhawks look to lengthen their nine-game winning streak. Action begins at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Kansas Jayhawks at Villanova Wildcats Odds Preview
In the Jayhawks’ last game, they dismantled the Kansas City Roos, 98-57. David McCormack was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 11-for-14 shooting. Kansas played a perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.212 (matching their season average) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.7 (above their season average of 31.3). Kansas City was 0.077 and 15.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The Wildcats will look to maintain momentum after beating the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens in their last contest, 78-70. With 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting, Jermaine Samuels led Villanova in scoring. Villanova played a nearly flawless contest. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.3 (below their season average of 31.1) and a free throw rate of 0.246 (above their season average of 0.229). For those same stats, Delaware was 4.0 and 0.149, respectively.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Jayhawks won the lone contest last season, 74-71. The Jayhawks played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.500 and a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 36.0. For those same stats, the Wildcats had marks of 0.254 and 27.8, respectively.
This battle pits one of the country’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Villanova currently ranks seventh in offensive efficiency and Kansas ranks 27th in defensive efficiency.
Kansas vs. Villanova Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Under
The Jayhawks are 19th in the country with 2.2 blocks allowed per game while the Wildcats are 56th with 2.8 blocks allowed per game.
Kansas is 24th in the NCAA with 30.9 rebounds allowed per game while Villanova is 39th with 31.6 rebounds allowed per game.
Villanova ranks 64th in three pointers attempted per game (25.2) while Kansas ranks 247th in three pointers allowed per game (28.1).
The Jayhawks rank 11th in assists per game (17.3) while the Wildcats rank 121st in assists allowed per game (12.9).
Kansas ranks 25th in steals per game (9.2) while Villanova ranks 122nd (6.2).
The Wildcats’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.6, down from 11.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Jayhawks have scored an average of 85.2 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.6 points per game (1.0 above their season average).