Looking to win big? The Jayhawks and Shockers face off at 4:00 ET on ESPN2. The Shockers are hosting the game at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO. In this non-conference matchup, the Jayhawks are the betting favorite against the Shockers. The over/under for the game is 147 points.

KANSAS JAYHAWKS VS WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Wichita State Shockers +13

This game will be played at T-Mobile Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, December 30th.

WHY BET THE WICHITA STATE SHOCKERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Shockers.
  • Not only will Wichita State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Will Kansas Make it Happen on the Road?

So far this season, Kansas has played 12 games and has a record of 11-1. In their four road games, they are 3-1, and at home, they are undefeated at 8-0. As of now, Kansas holds a 4-8 record against the spread for the season leading up to today’s game. In away games, Kansas is 0-4 vs. the spread this season and has a 4-6 ATS record in their previous ten road games.

Kansas’ games have, on average, featured 144.2 points per game leading to an over/under record of 4-8-0. Their average over/under line is currently 145.7 points so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Jayhawks’ games have averaged 141 points per game, along with an over/under record of 1-4.

In their recent game, the Jayhawks’ offense concluded with 75 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 79.1 points per contest. The top scorer for the Jayhawks was Kevin McCullar Jr. with 34 points, while Nicolas Timberlake also chipped in with 13 points.

So far this season, the Kansas defense has been performing well, ranking 50th in the country at 65.2 points allowed per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Kansas’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.6% this season.

Can the Shockers Offense Score Enough at Home?

As of now, Wichita State has a record of 8-4. The Shockers have played four games on the road this season and have a record of 2-2. At home, they have a record of 5-2. As Wichita State faces Kansas, their against-the-spread (ATS) record stands at 4-7. When playing away, the Shockers are 1-3 vs. the spread, while at home they are 3-4 ATS.

Looking at their over/under performance through 12 games, Wichita State has an over/under record of 6-5-0, with their games averaging 145.4 points per game on average. In their most recent three games, the Shockers’ over/under record is 0-3, with their games averaging 138 points per game.

The Wichita State offense is coming off a game where they scored 60 points against Kansas State. They posted a field goal percentage of 41.3% and connected on 3 threes. Coming into the game, the Shockers offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 20.5 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 12.7 made free-throws.

Currently, the Shockers’ defense holds the 132nd rank in the nation, allowing 70.6 points per game. Against Kansas State, the Shockers’ defense gave up 69 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Kansas State only made 5 free-throws.