Volunteers vs. Jayhawks Prediction
The third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks are big favorites at home today versus the Tennesee Volunteers in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Can Tennessee keep it close enough to stay within the number?
Saturday, January 25, 2020
Allen Fieldhouse at 4PM ET
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According to oddsmakers, the Jayhawks are a 13.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total sits at 125.5 points. As of Saturday morning, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on visiting Tennessee. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Vols ease past Rebels
Tennessee rolled to a 73-48 home win Tuesday night over Mississippi to improve to 12-6 overall and 4-2 in the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers jumped out to a 42-23 halftime advantage on their way to the triumph. John Fulkerson paced Tennessee with 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting including 4-of-5 at the free throw line. He also contributed 10 rebounds, three steals and two assists. Jordan Bowden tallied 11 points, three boards and two assists. Jordan James registered 11 points and six dimes. Olivier Nkamhoua added 10 points, four caroms and two blocked shots.
Ugly brawl spoils Jayhawks win
A brawl in the closing seconds resulted in numerous suspensions in the aftermath of the Kansas 81-60 home victory Tuesday night over rival Kansas State. The Jayhawks led 39-23 at halftime on their way to the win. The most serious suspension was handed to Silvio De Sousa as he was handed a 12-game ban for his role in the incident. Christian Braun paced Kansas with 20 points off the bench on 7-of-15 shooting including 6-of-10 from 3-point range. He also accumulated four rebounds and two steals. Devon Dotson tallied 18 points, five boards, three assists and three steals. Udoka Azuibuike added 10 points, 14 caroms and four blocked shots.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Volunteers are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS win. The road team is 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings.
The Jayhawks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games. Kansas is 4-1 in its last seven games overall.
The Jayhawks have risen to the top spot nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency and can lean on that defense here against an often offense-deprived Tennessee squad. The Vols are also strong defensively, but I can't see them hanging around for long here in a hostile environment with their propensity for offensive struggles. Kansas will want to put the ugly end to the last game behind it quickly and I see this as a fantastic spot to do so.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL DAILY PREDICTION: KANSAS JAYHAWKS -13.5