Rockets vs. Jayhawks NCAA Basketball Picks

Jeff Grant

Monday, December 30, 2013 1:47 PM GMT

The Kansas Jayhawks have dominated non-conference foes at Allen Fieldhouse, as they prepare to take on the Toledo Rockets Monday night.

Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this matchup, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3.

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Quite a start 

Toledo has registered its best start to a season since its 1966-67 squad opened with 14 consecutive wins, as it has compiled a 12-0 SU record, including an 85-66 victory over Coppin State last Saturday.

The Rockets have all five starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Rian Pearson leading the way in scoring 16.6 points a game.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-4 SU and 2-2 ATS as road underdogs of 12.5 or more points.

Getting better

Kansas won its final two games before the Christmas Break by a combined 39 points, including a 86-64 blowout victory over the Georgetown Hoyas as nine-point home favorites on Dec. 21, while going OVER the betting total in each of those affairs.

The Jayhawks are expected to start three freshmen tonight, with guard Andrew Wiggins leading the group in averaging 15.5 points per game.

Since the start of the 2011-12 campaign, the team is 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points, with the OVER going 4-3 in that situation.

Getting to the free throw line

College basketball handicappers need to take a long look at the Rockets, considering they’ve made 61 more free throws than their opponents have attempted this season.

Toledo ranks 29th in the country in getting to the charity stripe in comparison to field goal attempts, with the roster knocking down 73.3 percent of those opportunities.

Dominant at home

The Jayhawks have won 67 consecutive games against non-conference opponents in Allen Fieldhouse, while head coach Bill Self has compiled a dominating 165-8 SU all-time record at the venue.

Kansas will likely continue that success if it can win the battle on the glass, as it has out-rebounded 10 of its first 11 opponents—ranking 33rd in the country with a +7.1 margin on the boards.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks for their college basketball picks, as they’ve covered the number in their last five games against Mid-American Conference foes.

College Basketball Pick:  Kansas Jayhawks -14