The seventh-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (2-0) will square off against the fourth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (1-0) at United Center. Action begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, and can be seen on ESPN.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Jayhawks won big over the Tennessee State Tigers 92-56, while the Wildcats beat the Vermont Catamounts 73-69.
The Wildcats had a much better free throw rate (0.321 vs. 0.121) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (27.6 vs. 17.6). The Jayhawks, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.0 vs. 18.6) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.700 vs. 0.397). Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham had a good outing, finishing with 10 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds. PJ Washington, meanwhile played a pivotal role for Kentucky with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
This showdown pits one of the nation’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Kansas ranks 13th in offensive efficiency and Kentucky is 39th in defensive efficiency since the 2016-17 season.
The Jayhawks won the only contest between these two teams last season, 79-73. Kansas had a much better turnover percentage (14.3 vs. 20.8). Kentucky, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.236 vs. 0.156).
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
Kentucky ranks 19th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Kansas ranks 225th (6.9).
The Wildcats rank 45th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while the Jayhawks rank 118th (12.6).
The Wildcats rank 13th in blocks per game (5.3) while the Jayhawks rank 171st in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
Kansas ranks 35th in rebounds per game (38.8) while Kentucky ranks 158th in rebounds allowed per game (34.9).