Kansas Jayhawks vs. Kentucky Wildcats, Betting Preview, Spread, Money Line, Total, Picks and Prediction

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KANSAS JAYHAWKS KENTUCKY WILDCATS
18-2 January 28, 6:15 PM | Rupp Arena 17-3

When: 6:15 PM ET, Saturday, January 28, 2017
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
TV: 6:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Kansas at Kentucky Las Vegas Odds

Team  Spread Money Line Total
Kansas Jayhawks +7 -110 +270 167.5 -110
Kentucky Wildcats -7 -110 -330 167.5 -110

The fans at Rupp Arena will be treated to a game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Kentucky Wildcats when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT KANSAS (18-2): Junior guard Devonte’ Graham (16.3 points on 52 percent shooting, 4.8 assists, three 3-pointers per game over his last six games) continued his strong play of late with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, but a recurring cramping issue severely hindered him the last 10 minutes. “We thought we had his cramping stuff under control. Everybody has their own remedy. He’s been seen by the best,” Self said. “We flew people from San Francisco to Hawaii (where Graham was cramping before the season opener against Indiana after experiencing the problem during exhibition play). Senior guard Frank Mason III (Big 12-best 19.9 points, 5.2 assists) scored 15 points in the loss but was limited to 6-of-16 shooting and did not get to the free-throw line for the first time all season.

ABOUT KENTUCKY (17-3):
Forward Bam Adebayo scored 21 points and fellow freshman De’Aaron Fox, three nights after hurting his ankle in a victory over South Carolina, added 17 as the Wildcats had their six-game winning streak snapped. Kentucky shot 42 percent from the floor – snapping a streak of seven straight games of at least 50-percent shooting. Monk (21.9 points, 61 3-pointers), Fox (16.2 points, 5.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds) and Adebayo (13.5 points, 6.9 rebounds) are all likely headed to the NBA lottery next season.

Bovada Sportsbook currently has the Wildcats listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Jayhawks, while the game’s total is sitting at 167.5 according to GTBETS.

Last time out for Kentucky, they were a 82-80 loser as they battled Volunteers on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a -10.5-point favorite.

In their last action, Kansas was a 85-69 loser on the road against Mountaineers. They failed to cover the +3-point spread as underdogs.

With one of the most anticipated non-conference games of the season on tap, Kansas coach Bill Self and his team have been more engrossed with matters off the court that surfaced this week. With several of his players listed as potential witnesses in a reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at the dormitory that houses the top-ranked basketball team, the Jayhawks have understandably been less then focused leading up to their showdown at No. 4 Kentucky on Saturday in the fourth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

“It’s not a distraction, it’s a major distraction,” Self explained at his weekly press conference Thursday. “Certainly most importantly, I think sometimes in general when you talk about distraction, you look at it how it affects us, but more importantly, there is an obviously very serious alleged allegation that has been made. So that trumps figuring out how to guard (Kentucky’s Malik) Monk or (De’Aaron) Fox, to be real candid with you. When Self’s focus does shift to the court, he’ll remember that the Jayhawks are in the midst of the toughest stretch of the season, having their 18-game winning streak snapped in Tuesday’s 85-69 loss at No. 18 West Virginia and with a game against No. 5 Baylor awaiting on Wednesday. Kansas handled the Mountaineers vaunted press, committing just 13 turnovers, and freshman Josh Jackson matched a season high with 22 points, but Kansas managed to shoot just 42 percent from the floor, 40 percent (6-of-15) from the line while forcing only eight miscues and being outrebounded 39-32. Kentucky also enters on a loss, having fallen 82-80 at Tennessee despite 25 points from standout freshman Malik Monk in a game coach John Calipari called a “great learning experience.”

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Kansas:
Team record: 18-2 SU,6-12 ATS
Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas is 18-1 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas’s last 5 games

Kentucky:
Team record: 17-3 SU,12-8 ATS
Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Kentucky’s last 16 games

Next up:
Kansas home to Baylor Wednesday, February 1
Kentucky home to Georgia Tuesday, January 31

COLLEGE HOOPS UPDATES

1. In a battle between the two winningest programs in college basketball, Kentucky leads the all-time series 22-7, but Kansas ended a Kentucky three-game series winning streak with a 90-84 overtime win last year behind 33 points by Wayne Selden Jr.

2. ESPN College GameDay will be on hand in Lawrence. It will be Kansas’ 14th time being featured on GameDay and Kentucky’s 13th – two behind the all-time leader North Carolina.

3. Kansas suspended sophomore F Carlton Bragg Jr. (6.1 points, 4.8 rebounds) indefinitely on Thursday for a violation of team rules, but it is not related to the reported rape incidence.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Kansas Jayhawks will cover the spread at +7 and the game will stay under 167.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Kansas 76, Kentucky 71 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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