No. 2 Jayhawks Chalk Up A Win Vs. No. 5 Volunteers

Willie Bee

Thursday, November 22, 2018 1:50 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018 1:50 PM UTC

Kansas survived on Wednesday in Brooklyn, and now the Jayhawks are small favorites on the NCAA basketball odds in Friday’s clash against the Tennessee Volunteers.

Season Record: 9-6-1 (+2.65 units)

No. 5 Tennessee (4-0 SU, 2-1 ATS) vs. No. 2 Kansas (4-0 SU, 2-2 ATS)Friday, 9 p.m. ET, Brooklyn (ESPN2)Free Pick: Jayhawks ATSBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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For a while Wednesday, it looked as if the top 2 teams in the country would notch a mark in their loss columns, but No. 2 Kansas rallied against Marquette in the NIT Season Tip-Off to avoid the upset No. 1 Duke couldn’t out in Maui. The end result is our second Feast Week top 5 clash when the Jayhawks go up against the No. 5 Tennessee Volunteers in Brooklyn on Friday night.

Barclays Center should be hopping for this SEC-Big 12 battle between a pair of dynamic teams on both ends of the court, and a couple of head coaches who have squared off many times in the past. Kansas draws a small chalk line in the tilt with a scoreboard target around 150.

Vols 11th In Assist/Turnover Ratio

Tennessee hit overdrive in the final nine minutes of its NIT opener against Louisville, breaking open a close contest for a 92-81 victory giving up 7½ on the NCAA basketball odds card. Froward Grant Williams led the Volunteers with 24 points and nine boards, but the biggest news for Rick Barnes was having both Admiral Schofield and Lamonte Turner on the floor together. Turner missed the first three games with a shoulder injury, and scored 13 in 24 minutes vs. the Cardinals, while Schofield added 20 in 36 minutes despite a sore ankle.

Bill Self’s squad not only rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat the Golden Eagles on Wednesday, the Jayhawks came all the way back to eke out a cover in the 77-68 final that BetOnline closed KU -8½. Kansas clamped down on defense to hold Marquette scoreless for the first nine minutes of the second half, and eventually outscored the Eagles 16-4 at the charity stripe. Dedric Lawson was the key contributor in the outcome, recording his second double-double of the season by adding 26 points and 12 rebounds to his ledger.

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“I thought his balance was better, the last couple of weeks he was off-balance so tonight he was much more decisive and balanced. He got 26 and I thought he still left a couple out there.”@CoachBillSelf on Dedric Lawson’s performance #KUbball pic.twitter.com/IVdT2ifh9X

— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) 22 de novembro de 2018
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Third Time Vols & Jayhawks Both Ranked In Matchup

The schools are meeting for the fourth time with the three previous meetings coming in the last nine years. The most recent of those also came during a Feast Week tourney four years ago, Kansas pulling away late for an 82-67 win in Orlando as 9-point chalk. That dubya gave the Jayhawks a 2-1 lead in the rivalry, both of their victories also sailing past the totals. Tennessee’s lone win came in January 2010 at Knoxville, a 76-68 upset over then-No. 1 Kansas and the Volunteers ranked 16th at the time.

I’m counting on Kansas’ comeback to carry over into this matchup, and coupled with the Jayhawks being a better team from beyond the arc will rock a little chalk with my free college basketball pick.

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