A clear difference exists between Kansas, Kentucky and most of the rest of college basketball. The Jayhawks and the Wildcats are the ultimate in blue blood traditional historic powers in college hoops. It follows that such status can also drag down their value with Vegas lines NCAA basketball. Despite both teams boasting strong records and top ten rankings they have not been profitable this season. More emphatically Kentucky and Kansas are supreme name brands that casual college basketball fans flock to bet on. For that reason, sharper handicappers will be careful to asses actual betting value and merits.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats
Date and Time: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 6 p.m. ET
Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
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Kansas vs. Kentucky TV Coverage: ESPN
Kentucky has seen an increase in Vegas lines NCAA basketball profits recently. And five of their last eight games have gone under the total. Starting with six payouts in their last nine games has gamblers feeling better about the Wildcats. Now U of K is 15-3 straight up, 9-9 vs. the odds and 8-10 under the total. Kentucky has national rankings of 46th for scoring offense and 80th for points allowed. Cause by Keldon Johnson’s 14.6 points per game is one of the nation’s most balanced teams. Reid Travis adds 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per matchup.
Balanced against that is the drop off for Kansas in online gambling sportsbook value. KU has covered just two of their last seven games with three of their last four going over the total. Overall the Jayhawks are 16-3 straight up, 8-11 against the board, and 11-7-1 over the total. KU ranks 72nd in the country for scoring offense. Of great concern is a defense ranked 146th for points allowed. Deric Lawson leads the Jayhawks with 19.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. Also, Lagerald Vick averages 15 points per game.
Accordingly two of the best coaches in college basketball will meet in this Big 12 vs. SEC Showdown. Bill Self of Kansas and John Calipari of Kentucky have each won a national championship. Along the same lines Self and Calipari have maintained the high standards of their traditional super power programs.
Team vs. Team
Late on Kansas has been a big money loser in road games. KU has paid in just two of their last eight away matchups. Four of their last seven in that situation have gone over the total. Counter to that Kentucky’s value at home has picked up. Backers of the Wildcats at Rupp have been paid in four of their last six. Five of Kentucky’s last seven home games went under the total. Since the last three meetings between these teams Kentucky has paid in two of them. All three games went under the total.
Matchup to Watch
Extending home court advantage for Kentucky is their superior defense in this matchup. As mentioned earlier the Wildcats have been the better Vegas lines NCAA basketball value. In addition, Kansas may prove to be an overrated team.
Kansas vs. Kentucky NCAA games Betting Odds Picks
To conclude Kentucky is more complete and in better form.
Kansas vs. Kentucky NCAA Betting Online Pick: Kentucky Wildcats
Kansas vs. Kentucky NCAA Betting Online Score Prediction: Kentucky 84, Kansas 76
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