Sneakers are squeaking and balls are bouncing so it’s either College Basketball season or my neighbor is listening to Wham! and dancing....good, it’s the former.
Texas Southern at #3 Kansas (ESPN3, 9 pm ET/6 pm PT): Devonte' Graham and #3-ranked Kansas (3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) welcome Texas Southern (0-4 SU, 1-0 ATS) to Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence on Tuesday night for an early season NCAA College Basketball one might not find posted on the NCAA Basketball board at many sportsbooks, but a game in which Offshore 5Dimes has offered in its College Extra games menu and sees Kansas big 331½-point Home Favorites (-120) with the Total at 154½ (-120).
Texas Southern Tigers
Defending SWAC champions Texas Southern (0-4 Road) have W23 straight Home games but this mismatch with a Big 12 team tonight is on the Road and at Lawrence, Kansas, meaning impending doom and a likely name-your-score reality for Kansas against the little Tigers with a Roster loaded with scorers eager to pop early in the Regular Season. Texas Southern is led by 5-7 Sophomore spark-plug PG Demontrae Jefferson (21.0) and the Tigers will be playing the 5th game of a nasty 13-game Road Trip which dates back to last year, but whether or not Jefferson, suspended the L2 games, will play here Tuesday was still up in the air.
There will be 7-foot Centers banging underneath, with Texas Southern having 240-pound Junior Trayvon Reed (11.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg) as its big man in the middle. Former Indiana University hoopster Mike Davis (99-73 SU as TSU, 336-225 SU Overall) is the Head Coach for Texas Southern (#259 Pomeroy ranking), who got bounced from the Big Dance in the first round by North Carolina last season, 103-64 (NC 26½, 137) and the Tigers—who went 3-0 SU but 0-3 ATS in the SWAC Conference Tournament in 2016—are expected to win the SWAC again. This game will definitely help Seniors F Kevin Scott (11.3 ppg), G Dontae Clark (21.0 ppg) and Junior SG Derrick Bruce (9.8 ppg) and the Tigers down the line. Logic says Jefferson returns here.
Big 12 Hoops heavyweights Kansas (14/1 to win NCAA Basketball championship, BetOnline) fields another strong team this season with 7-foot C Udoka Azubuike (14.3 ppg) the nucleus of the Jayhawks frontcourt and a four Guard backcourt led by Senior leaper Devonte' Graham (9.7 ppg), Junior Lagerald Vick (18.0 ppg), Sophomore Malik Newman (12.3 ppg) and Ukrainian Senior Svi Mykhailiuk (19.7), giving Head Coach Bill Self a Guard from each class in his Starting 5. Kansas (#3 Pomeroy ranking) beat San Diego State by 34 in its opener (98-64), covering ATS as 21½ Home Jay-chalks, defeated Kentucky in its second game, 65-61 (KAN -4½, 150), and then the Jayhawks trampled Tennessee State under foot, 92-56, covering ATS as massive 27-point Home favorites in their last game on Nov.1
The Jayhawks have so many scorers in their Starting 5 that a game like this will provide a chance for maybe three players to go over the 20-point mark and for the team to possibly eclipse the 100-point mark, 1st-Half Pace depending. And expect a breakneck pace with Texas Southern averaging 71.0 ppg last season and Kansas 85.0 ppg. The strength of their Bench with guys like Mitch Lightfoot and Marcus Garrett and the scoring supplied there should also be a big edge for the hosts.
Site, Early Spot On Schedule Hint At 35+ Point Kansas Blowout at Allen Fieldhouse
These two just don’t play enough or play at the same level to have Trends or any series numbers make sense but a look at the Trends from Covers.com shows Kansas is 6-2 ATS its L8 Non-Conference games, 5-2 ATS rits L7 overall and at Home, 12-5 ATS L17 vs. Teams With Losing records but 0-4 ATS the L4 Jayhawks’ Tuesday dribbles and 4-1 ATS their L16 after an ATS Win. The Over is 6-1 in the L7 Texas Southern Road games and 9-3 the L12 Kansas Home games while the Under is 19-7 the L26 Jayhawks Tuesday games and a larger sample-size 35-16-1 ATS after an ATS Win
The Site (Allen Fieldhouse), Situation (Non-Conference early season) and the Starting 5’s all point to Graham, Mykhailiuk and the Jayhawks running out to an early, 20-point 1st Half lead, then being able to name their score against a gallant but overmatched Texas Southern side. It could be close for awhile before a 22-4 type Kansas mega-run in the last 10 minutes of the 1st Half puts the game out of reach.FINAL SCORE PREDICTION: Kansas 94 Texas Southern 53