The Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-4) will be at home in Pinnacle Bank Arena when they challenge the No. 13 Kansas Jayhawks (7-2). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 146.5 points with Kansas set as a 10.5-point favorite. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 16, 2017.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers Odds Preview
In the Jayhawks last outing, they were beaten by the No. 16 Arizona State Sun Devils, 95-85. Kansas Lagerald Vick put together a solid performance, leading the team in scoring with 25 points on 11-for-15 shooting. Arizona State did a fantastic job of making free throws (15-20; 75.0 percent). Kansas, on the other hand, held the Sun Devils to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.5 (below their season average of 31.0).
The Cornhuskers are hoping for a better outcome after their 75-65 loss to the Creighton Bluejays in their last outing. Isaac Copeland was the games leading scorer with 20 points on 8-for-19 shooting. Creighton did an excellent job of making free throws (12-17; 70.6 percent). Nebraska, meanwhile, forced the Bluejays into a turnover percentage of 17.6 (above their season average of 13.4).
The offense of Nebraska will go head-to-head against the top-notch defense of Kansas. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Cornhuskers rank 194th in offensive efficiency, while the Jayhawks are 23rd in defensive efficiency. The Jayhawks should have the edge on that end of the court.
Both of these teams have typically gone under the projected point total. Kansas games have gone under 62.5 percent of the time, while games including Nebraska have gone under 63.6 percent of the time. The Jayhawks have the significant advantage straight up (SU) (7-2 vs. 7-4), but both teams have similar against the spread (ATS) records. Kansas is 5-3 ATS, while Nebraska is 6-5 ATS.
The Jayhawks won the sole contest against the Cornhuskers last season, 89-72. Kansas effective field goal percentage was its biggest strength over Nebraska. The Jayhawks had a rate of 0.658 while the Cornhuskers posted a mark of 0.413.
Kansas Jayhawks at Nebraska Cornhuskers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Kansas, ATS Winner – Kansas, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cornhuskers rank 20th in steals allowed per game (5.9) while the Jayhawks rank 112th (6.7).
- Kansas ranks first in assists per game (17.0) while Nebraska ranks 93rd (12.3).
- Nebraska ranks 14th in three pointers allowed per game (18.7) while Kansas ranks 237th (21.9).
- The Jayhawks average 38.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 53rd in the NCAA. The Cornhuskers rank 258th in rebounds allowed per game (37.3).
- Kansas ranks 30th in blocks per game (4.6) while Nebraska ranks 175th in blocks allowed per game (4.7).