The Kansas Jayhawks indeed are more of a legacy program than the Houston Cougars. Kansas is on the Mount Rushmore of the sport. But with that status comes higher prices with the College Basketball odds. Too many casual gamblers flock to the Kansas brand. Especially when the Jayhawks play at historic Allen Fieldhouse. On Saturday, Kansas will host Houston in a Big 12 powerhouse showdown. Houston is the better, higher-ranked, and more profitable team. But Kansas will draw most of the attention. Kansas has struggled recently in Big 12 action to further their overlay status.
Houston Cougars vs. Kansas Jayhawks CBB Betting Information
|Date and Time:
|Saturday, February 3, 2024, 4 p.m. ET
|Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS
|Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Houston at Kansas SBG Odds Overview
At the onset of online betting action, most casual money will flow to Kansas based on their name-brand status. Most of the masses still think of Kansas as a Final Four team. This year that is not likely to be the case. Instead, Houston has the look of Final Four material. And the Cougars have provided much more reliable value to gamblers. Houston is the epitome of a Wise Guy’s type of play. Cause by the Cougars are getting a discount as a power road team versus an overrated name-brand host.
Houston Cougars Team Overview
Overall, the Houston Cougars are 18-2 straight up, 11-8-1 against the spread, and 6-14 over/under the total. Houston has national metrics of 193rd for scoring offense, 238th for field goal percentage, 114th for 3-point field goal percentage, 307th for free throw percentage, and 24th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, Houston is 1st for scoring defense, 1st for field goal percentage permitted, 9th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 27th for defensive rebounding.
Late on, the Cougars have gotten the cash in six of their last nine games. Houston went under the total in four of their previous six outings. Guard LJ Cryer leads Houston with 15.2 points per game. G Emanuel Sharp adds 12.2 points per contest. And then Jamal Shead brings 11.7 points per outing. Houston is battling Texas Tech and Iowa State for the Big 12 Conference lead.
Kansas Jayhawks Team Overview
Overall, the Kansas Jayhawks are 16-4 straight up, 8-12 against the spread, and 10-10 over/under the total. Kansas has national metrics of 69th for scoring offense, 4th for field goal percentage, 97th for 3-point field goal percentage, 81st for free throw percentage, and 128th for offensive rebounding. While defensively, Kansas is 101st for scoring defense, 31st for field goal percentage permitted, 131st for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 74th for defensive rebounding.
Kansas got the cash in only four of its previous ten games. The Jayhawks went over the total in six of their previous eight starts. First among Kansas scorers is G Kevin McCullar JR with 19.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per outing. C Hunter Dickinson adds 18.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per outing. Whole F KJ Adams Jr contributes 12.6 points per contest.
Houston at Kansas SBG Free Picks
In this situation, Houston is in better form and will offer more NCAABB betting value with its advantageous price as the quality road team. Kansas is not providing reliable value this season.
Houston at Kansas SBG Best Bet: Houston Cougars.