The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks are under the spotlight right now for the wrong reason following their brawl with the Kansas State Wildcats. The Tennessee Volunteers will look to capitalize on a disgruntled Jayhawks team when they pay Lawrence a visit this weekend. The Jayhawks and the Vols are +1100 and +30000 to win the national title, respectively.
Betting Preview for the Tennessee Volunteers vs Kansas Jayhawks NCAA College Basketball Game on January 25 2020
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence
When: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 4:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (12-6 Overall / 4-2 Conference)
The Vols are building steam again. Following a bad 80-63 loss in Athens to the Georgia Bulldogs on Jan. 15, the Volunteers have won two games in a row, including last Tuesday’s 73-48 detonation of the Ole Miss Rebels at home. Tennessee’s defense has been on point in the last two games. They held the Vanderbilt Commodores to only 45 points last Saturday before limiting the Rebels down to only 30.2 percent shooting from the field. On the season, Tennessee is sixth in the nation with just 59.0 points allowed per contest. Opponents are also only recording 42.9 effective field goal percentage, ninth-best defensively overall. Tennessee’s defense is mainly anchored on its effective rim protection. Opponents are shooting just 47.9 percent on shots taken at the rim — fourth-lowest in the nation. Furthermore, Tennessee is 14th overall in blocks percentage. Tennessee might get a big break in the Kansas game if the Jayhawks suffer significant suspensions from a recent brawl they were involved in.
The Volunteers are 2-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last two games.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (15-3 Overall / 5-1 Conference)
The Jayhawks won their third game in a row with an 81-60 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats in Lawrence last Tuesday, but that was hardly the top story in this game. The Jayhawks got into a brawl with Kansas State players at the end of the contest, which likely would mean suspensions for at least a few Jayhawks players. As for the game, Devon Dotson led Kansas with 18 points to go with five rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 28 minutes. Big man Udoka Azubuike, meanwhile, had 10 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks. Azubuike is a force inside the paint and beneath the glass. He’ll be a handful even for Tennessee’s stout interior defense. Speaking of defense, Kansas boasts of one that’s arguably the best in the nation. Bill Self’s team is allowing only 60.4 points per game with opponents shooting just 37.0 percent from the field. Per KenPom, Kansas is second overall in adjusted defensive efficiency. Tennessee isn’t a great scoring team, to begin with, and could further struggle against Kansas’ D.
The Jayhawks are 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 games as the home team.
Kansas wins, 67-57.
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