Kentucky Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick – NCAAM December 1, 2020

In one of two must-watch games of the evening, the Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks are scheduled to meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. This is a Champions Classic game between Kentucky and Kansas. The other must-watch game of Tuesday is the second matchup of the Champions Classic.

Michigan State and Duke are scheduled to meet in the other half of the Champion Classic on Tuesday. Out of all these early season tournaments, which are otherwise meaningless, the Champions Classic packs the most punch. What’s not to like about these four teams getting together to open the season?

Kentucky and Kansas pits the No. 20 and No. 7 team in the AP rankings against one another tonight. Both have National Championship aspirations, but Kentucky has it tough this year. They might be getting by on their past reputation alone, though. People will put Kentucky to win the NCAA Tournament regardless of their seeding. There are a lot of good teams that are going to test them in 2020-21.

The No. 20 team in the nation sounds about right for the Wildcats. Kentucky is a 1-1 team going into Tuesday night. They have a blowout win over Morehead State, 81-45, but were upended against a dangerous Richmond team, 76-64, on Sunday. Richmond are one of the smaller conference schools that could go deep into the tournament in March. A 12-point win over Richmond will certainly garner attention.

You could call that a lookahead spot to Kansas, but the Spiders are dangerous. The same could be said about Kansas, who have a win and loss this season as well. The Jayhawks lost a high-scoring game against No. 1 Gonzaga to open the season, 102-90, and then took out their frustrations for a 94-72 win over St. Joseph’s on Friday. Christian Braun had a game, with a career-high 30 points to lead all scorers. Head below for our free Kentucky vs. Kansas pick for December 1, 2020.

Kentucky Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks NCAAM Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Kentucky +4.5 (-105)
  • Kansas -4.5 (-115)
Moneyline:

  • Kentucky OFF
  • Kansas OFF
Total:

  • Over 146 (-110)
  • Under 146 (-110)

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Kentucky vs. Kansas Prediction:

When 90 points is scored in a college basketball game, that team is expected to win easily. However, conceding 100+ points is close to an automatic loss. Gonzaga poured it on versus a Kansas defense that had no answers last week. Three different players for Zaga recorded at least 20+ points on the Jayhawks in that performance. The offense was able to keep the game within reach for Kansas, but there was no stopping Gonzaga.

Their defense wasn’t able to recover against Saint Joseph’s. Saint Joseph’s made it look easy against a leaky Kansas defense as well. They put up 72 points on Kansas, but the offense carried the load to score 94 points. Through two games, Kansas has already allowed 174 points.

This was a team that ranked 10th in the nation with 60.7 points against per game in 2019-20, so this lazy play defensively is a concern early on. The offense, which scored 74.8 points a game last season, luckily for Bill Self, looks fine so far, though.

Kansas has missed the interior defense of Udoka Azubuike around the rim. Gonzaga destroyed Kansas in the paint and attacked where Azubuike would have been on the floor last season. He was selected with the 27th pick of the draft by the Utah Jazz recently. Before Kansas finds a way to patch that up, they are going to continue to be scored on against decent offenses.

The Wildcats allowed two 18-point scorers against Richmond. After handling a weak Morehead State team, the first threatening offense they played scored 76 points behind solid performances from Nathan Cayo and Blake Francis. This Jayhawks team is not as dangerous defensively without Azubike there to defend, so they might want to press the issue a little more than they have against Kentucky in the last two years. I think this is a 78-74 or 77-72 kind of game on Tuesday night. That would be enough points to put this one OVER the total.

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OVER 146
Kyle E / Author

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