NCAA Basketball Betting - Kansas To Overwhelm Struggling Stanford

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Saturday, December 3, 2016 3:05 PM GMT

Ross Benjamin provides a betting preview on Saturday afternoon’s college basketball clash between Stanford and Kansas. Do you want to know who’ll cover this nationally televised game? Go inside to get that answer and also the reasons why.

 

Stanford Cardinal vs. Kansas Jayhawks

#4 Kansas hosts Stanford on Saturday afternoon at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. The opening tip time is slated for 3:30 PM ET, and the game will be televised by ESPN. These schools last met on the hardwood during the 2014 NCAA Tournament when Stanford upset Kansas 60-57.

At the time of this writing (12/2), college football betting odds at Bookmaker.com has Kansas as a 16.0-point favorite, and there’s a posted total of 136.5. Bookmaker is widely regarded as one of the top online betting sites.

 

Prolonged Offensive Slump for Cardinal

Stanford has struggled offensively over their last 5 games. During that stretch, the Cardinal averaged just 58.2 points per game, shot a terrible 38.9% from the field, and converted on a mere 27.5% of their 3-point attempts.

Despite those futile offensive statistics, Stanford managed to go 3-2. To their credit, they didn’t lose let the offensive woes affect its play defensively. Throughout that identical 5-game period, Stanford allowed only 59.2 points per contest and limited opponents to 51 field goal attempts per game. If they hope to stay competitive against Kansas on Saturday, it’s imperative Stanford slows the tempo down to their liking. It will certainly be a challenge against a Kansas team averaging a robust 62 field goal attempts per game.

 

Torrid Shooting and Suffocating Defense for Jayhawks

Unlike their opponent on Saturday, Kansas hasn’t endured any difficulty scoring or shooting. The Jayhawks have shot 53.5% from the floor, converted on a superb 44.9% of their 3-point attempts, and scored an average of 84.0 points per contest over their last 5 games. If they possess a flaw offensively, it’s unequivocally their free throw shooting. Kansas is converting on a horrible 59.9% of their attempts from the charity stripe this season.

Conversely, Kansas has held its opponents to 36.2% shooting from the field over their previous 5 contests and allowed a paltry 60.0 points per game.

 

Final Analysis and Prediction

Since losing their season opener in overtime to #13 Indiana, Kansas has rebounded to win 6 straight games. Included in those wins was a 77-75 victory against Duke.

This isn’t a good matchup for Stanford on many fronts, most of which I covered in this article. I’m looking for Kansas to win decisively, and one of my Saturday college basketball picks will reflect that prediction.

 

Free NCAAB Pick: Kansas -16.0

Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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