Sat, Feb 5, 1:20pm by Kevin Pitstock
College hoops action will focus on the Big 12 conference foes Nebraska vs. Kansas. The game is being played at the 13,595 seat Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, February 5, 2011. The Jayhawks are currently second in the Big Twelve and Nebraska is eighth.
The Cornhuskers have an unblemished 14-0 record this season at home while the Jayhawks are 6-0 on the road. One of those unbeaten records will be shattered. Currently ranked #2 in the nation, Kansas is 21=1 for the season while Nebraska enters at 15-6.This will be a nationally televised basketball game.
Looking at the offensive stats we find Nebraska averaging 68 points per game. Their opponents avarage 57 points per game for a 11 point differential. A glaring weakness in their game is from the 3-point stripe as they average 28% from it. This ranks them at the #301 best three point shooting team in the nation.
Lance Jeter leads the team in several categories. He scores at a 10.9 points per game clip, dishes at 4.3 assists per game and comes up with 2 steals per game. He is their heart and soul of the team. Caleb Walker is the rebounding leader as he grabs 4.8 rebounds off the glass per game. The Cornhuskers are winners of six of their last ten games and lost to Kansas State in their last outing 69-53.
Coach Bill Self has his Jayhawks playing at a high level. The Morris brothers are the players that destruct the opponents. Marcus Morris leads the team in scoring with a 16.7 points per game average. His brother Markieff Morris hauls down 8.8 rebounds per game and blocks one shot per game on average. The assists leader is Tyshawn Taylor with 4.8 dishes per game.
The Jayhawks are an offensive team. They average 82.7 points per game while they only give to their opponents 62.9. The outstanding feature of the Jayhawks is that they rank #1 in the country in field goals percentage at 51.1. But they are only a 65% free throw shooting team. The hold a +10 rebound per game differential against the other team.
Pick and Prediction
Clearly Kansas is the class of the country.Nebraska is not. However, this is conference basketball and anything can happen. Crunching the numbers again shows the the Cornhuskers just can’t keep up on the offensive side of the game to match with the Jayhawks. Kansas pours in over 80 points per game and the Cornhuskers can’t reach 70. Coupled with the atrocious 3-point shooting from Nebraska makes this a game Kansas can breeze in.
Sportingbet has Kansas -6 for this game. We are talking spread here and not straight up who is going to win this game. Our prediction is for Kansas to roll and cover that spread without much problem. Courtesy of Sportingbet bet Kansas Jayhawks -6.
Our pick: Bet Kansas -6 at Sportingbet
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