Kentucky Wildcats Vs Kansas Jayhawks NCAAB Betting Report
We are used to seeing a slate of conference games at this time of the year, but the schedule maker sometimes throws us a bit of a January curveball, and that is what we get this Saturday, January 30. One of the most intriguing games on the schedule sees the Kentucky Wildcats facing the Kansas Jayhawks in a battle of ranked opponents that usually has a feel of March Madness match up. If you’re a Wildcats or a Jayhawks fan and want to keep up with this game’s odds as they are posted make sure to click here.
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How to bet Kentucky Wildcats Vs Kansas Jayhawks
This has all the makings of the best match-up of the weekend, as it’s a battle of the giants. Both of these programs have a rich basketball history, and you can bet that pride will be on the line in this one. These are a pair of teams that are pretty tough to separate, so it’s really going to be interesting to see how the odds shape up for this one. MyBookie.ag will have those odds as soon as they are made available.
Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats
The Kentucky Wildcats (16-4, 6-2) have their eyes set on the top spot in the SEC, where they trail the Texas A&M Aggies by a single game. While they will be well aware that this game will be one of their toughest of the season so far, they are coming in on a 3-game win streak where they have looked very impressive indeed. The Wildcats have played 2 previous games against ranked opponents this season, and they managed to come away with a win on both. Kentucky have had their issues on the road this season, but 2 road wins in their last 3 suggests that they might be able to handle what is reading to be a boisterous Allen Fieldhouse. The Wildcats are averaging 77.9 PPG, and have seen that number start to creep up in recent games. Defensively, they are giving up 66.4 PPG.
Why bet on the Kansas Jayhawks
It has been a tough stretch of games for the Kansas Jayhawks (16-4, 5-3) who have lost 3 of their last 5 games. A pair of those wins came against ranked opponents, which has to be a disappointment for a Kansas team that had been disposing of ranked teams with stunning regularity earlier in the season. It sometimes takes a big win to break out of this type of slump, and a victory over Kentucky would certainly fit into that category. The problem that the Jayhawks have been facing of late is some lackluster play on the defensive side of the court, as the 85 and 86 points that they gave up in losses to Iowa State and Oklahoma State, respectively, are well above their 69.3 PPG season average. If they can defend better in their own end, there is no reason they can’t win this one. Offensively, the Jayhawks are averaging 83.7 PPG.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I personally cannot wait for this game, as I think it has the potential to be the most exciting match-up of the weekend. I expect a close one, and think we might even be looking at a buzzer beater for the win. I’m giving the slight edge to Kentucky here.
Kentucky Wildcats 75 Kansas Jayhawks 74