Can Jayhawks Cover Heavy Chalk Vs. Oakland?

Willie Bee

Friday, November 24, 2017 1:25 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 1:25 PM UTC

Off to a 4-0 start on the campaign, the Kansas Jayhawks are huge favorites on the NCAA basketball odds at home Friday night against Oakland.

Oakland Golden Grizzlies vs Kansas Jayhawks

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Free NCAAB Pick: Kansas -19½Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

If it seems like every school is playing in a neutral-site bracketed event this week, you haven’t lost your mind. Even some of the single matchups at campus sites are part of upcoming tourneys, like Friday’s prime-time clash at Allen Fieldhouse where the Kansas Jayhawks host the Oakland Golden Grizzlies.

This is a lead-in game for the HoopHall Miami Invitational, and just the second time the two teams have met. The other came in a similar scheduling scenario to open the 2009 Hall of Fame Showcase, Kansas taking down Oakland, 89-59, in an unlined contest. This time there is a line, and it’s a rather large one with 5Dimes burdening Kansas with 19½ point chalk while other shops are charging an even 20. Totals are available in the 156-156½ range.


Hayes Returns To Oakland Lineup Tonight

The spread would be bigger if not for the fact Oakland welcomes Jalen Hayes back to the court. The 6-7 senior, who scored 15 and pulled down eight boards a game a year ago, sat out the first four games due to some NCAA silliness and will bring a little muscle and experience to the frontcourt that has been missing him plus 6-11 center Brad Brechting who is still out with a foot injury. In their absence, a disproportionate scoring burden has fallen on senior guards Martez Walker and Kendrick Nunn.

This matchup continues a tough non-conference schedule for the Grizzlies who were mauled at Syracuse on Monday, 74-50. Greg Kampe’s crew was giving up 9 on the NCAA basketball odds in that one, the second consecutive game they failed to cover as the underdog. Oakland also has a date with Michigan State about three weeks from now in advance of the Horizon League schedule beginning.


Jayhawks 11th In Country Averaging 92+ Per Game

Kansas has coasted through three lesser contenders and scored almost at will in those games. Things didn’t come so easy for Bill Self’s side, however, in the one true test last week vs. Kentucky as the Jayhawks only managed to covert 35% of their field goal attempts while being held to a season-low 65 points. That was still enough to win the game, though KU backers fell just short of a cover giving up 5.

One facet of the game that hasn’t come easy is converting at the free throw line. The Jayhawks have made 66% of their charity tosses, putting them down in the bottom quarter of the nation. Missing a few of those late could be the difference tonight, but I’m still willing to bite the bullet and rock the chalk with my free college basketball pick.

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