Kansas (7-2) at Nebraska (7-4)
When: Saturday, December 16th 2017
Where: Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE
Time: 8:00 ET | TV: FOX Sports 1
Opening Odds: Kansas -11.5
The Kansas Jayhawks will look to right the ship when they visit former Big 12-foe the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday night in Lincoln. Kansas was rolling along as it defeated its first seven opponents by an average of 30.6 points, but a rough four-day stretch against two Pac-12 opponents last week has coach Bill Self calling his young team “soft”. The 12th-ranked Jayhawks attempt to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2012-13 on Saturday against the Cornhuskers. Buoyed by neutral-site victories over No. 5 Kentucky and Syracuse, Kansas averaged 91.9 points and won six of its first seven games by at least 15 points until they ran into the Pac-12. The unranked Washington Huskies went into Lawrence and dealt the Jayhawks a stunning 74-65 loss on December 6th. A few days later, No. 6 Arizona State exposed the Jayhawks’ inability to defend the 3-pointer, going 14-for-28 from long-range and using a 58-point second half to stun Kansas 95-85 at Allen Fieldhouse. The Cornhuskers are coming off a 75-65 loss at No. 25 Creighton last Saturday and have dropped 17 straight to Kansas but are 5-0 at Pinnacle Bank Arena this season and knocked off then-No. 15 Minnesota in their last home game on December 5th. Nebraska committed nine turnovers versus the Blue Jays, marking the third time in four games it finished with fewer than 10.
The Jayhawks will have another body on the bench Saturday, as former Arizona State Sun Devil Sam Cunliffe will be eligible for the first time after transferring, where he averaged 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 10 games last season. Junior guard Lagerald Vick leads the Jayhawks in scoring (18.7) and has been even better lately, averaging 24.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists over his last three games. The loss to Arizona State marked only the eighth time in 15 seasons under Self that Kansas allowed at least 90 points and only the 25th time an opponent shot at least 50% from the field. The Jayhawks set a school record against the Sun Devils by attempting 38 three-pointers – making only 14 of them.
Isaac Copeland, who transferred in from Georgetown, had a 30-point outing earlier this season and posted his first double-double with Nebraska, scoring 20 points and grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with two blocks and two steals against Creighton. James Palmer Jr. leads the team with a 14.2-point average and played a season-low 21 minutes last Saturday but still finished with 16 points and has reached double figures in 10 of his first 11 games. Glynn Watson Jr. (13.9) made just 4-of-14 from the field and fouled out late after scoring eight points versus the Blue Jays. The Cornhuskers seem to come and go with Watson, who is averaging 7.5 points on 23.5% shooting in the team’s four losses but scoring 17.6 points on 51.8% from the field in their seven victories.
It’s hard not to take Kansas in this one, but they’re a young team that failed to rebound from their first loss. I believe they will play better against Nebraska, but not enough to win by double-digits.
Pick: Nebraska +11
- Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Jayhawks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games.
- Jayhawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Jayhawks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Jayhawks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games.
- Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Cornhuskers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Cornhuskers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Cornhuskers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12.
- Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
- Under is 5-0 in Jayhawks last 5 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game.
- Over is 4-0 in Jayhawks last 4 vs. Big Ten.
- Over is 4-0 in Jayhawks last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Under is 4-1 in Jayhawks last 5 overall.
- Under is 4-1 in Jayhawks last 5 non-conference games.
- Under is 4-1 in Jayhawks last 5 Saturday games.
- Over is 4-1 in Jayhawks last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Under is 50-22-3 in Jayhawks last 75 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 47-21-3 in Jayhawks last 71 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Under is 51-23-3 in Jayhawks last 77 road games.
- Under is 4-0 in Cornhuskers last 4 Saturday games.
- Under is 4-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Under is 4-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 non-conference games.
- Over is 4-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Over is 8-3 in Cornhuskers last 11 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 5-2 in Cornhuskers last 7 overall.
- Jayhawks are 6-0-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Nebraska.
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Nebraska.
- Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
- Jayhawks are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
- Underdog is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
- Road team is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.