Pick Kansas Jayhawks to Cover vs. Florida Gators

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 2:12 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks will dress up as underdogs for just the second time during the 2013-14 season, as they prepare to take on the Florida Gators Tuesday night. Find out why we are backing a Jayhawks cover with our sports picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Big 12/SEC Challenge event at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Knocked down in Boulder

Kansas suffered its second loss of the season last Saturday, as it ended up on the short end of a 75-72 decision to the Colorado Buffaloes as 1.5-point road favorites, while going OVER the betting total of 142. 

The Jayhawks will be playing for the fifth time on their six-game swing away from Allen Fieldhouse, as they attempt to improve upon the program’s 15-6 SU and 10-10-1 ATS road record over the last two-plus seasons. 

Close encounters

Florida’s last two games have been decided by a single point, including a 65-64 defeat to the Connecticut Huskies as four-point road underdogs on Dec. 2, while going UNDER the betting total of 131. 

The Gators have had a makeshift rotation on the hardwood for most of the year, as only five players have played in all eight games.

College basketball handicapper should anticipate the program having guards Kasey Hill and Scottie Wilbekin back on the floor for this high-profile affair, as both of them have been hampered by ankle injuries. 

Success against the Top 25 

The Jayhawks are 39-16 SU against ranked opponents since the 2007-08 season, but head coach Bill Self has stated from the beginning that this particular team wasn’t expected to be great before Christmas.

Kansas has won the board and shooting battle in seven of its eight games, while true freshman Andrew Wiggins leads the team in averaging 15.3 points per game.

Home court advantage 

Online Sportsbooks may have the Gators a bit overpriced in the market for this matchup, but they’ve still managed to win all five of their home games by an average of 14.6 points this season.

Florida has captured its last 21 non-conference home games, but the program has dropped three of four all-time meetings against Kansas.

Prediction 

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks with their NCAA Basketball picks, as they’ve gone 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a SU loss. 

College Basketball Pick:  Kansas Jayhawks +2.5