Kansas Jayhawks Try To Run Winning Streak To Eight

By: Willie Bee | Monday, December 17, 2012

Richmond Spiders at Kansas Jayhawks
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12/18/2012 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: -15½, O/U 135½
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Television: ESPN2

Richmond Spiders: The Spiders (9-2 straight-up, 2-6 against the spread) head to Lawrence in search of their sixth consecutive win and third straight on the road. Richmond's offense has been finding the net with regularity during the five-game winning streak, sinking at least 50 percent of field-goal attempts in four of the victories. The Spiders are led by Derrick Williams, who is scoring 14.8 points and hauling down 7.2 rebounds per game. Darien Brothers is also averaging 14.8 ppg and has converted 28-of-54 shots from 3-point range.

Kansas Jayhawks: Off consecutive double-digit covers, the Jayhawks (8-1 SU, 4-5 ATS) bring a seven-game winning streak into Tuesday's contest and are a perfect 5-0 at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas smoked Belmont on Saturday, 89-60, to easily beat the 12-point line, and it was the third consecutive game the team shot 50 percent or better from the field. Ben McLemore leads KU with 16.1 ppg while also grabbing 5.6 rpg. Jeff Withey, the nation's leading shot blocker (5.6 per game), is also contributing 13.8 ppg while topping the Jayhawks with 7.6 rpg.

Stanford Cardinal at North Carolina State Wolfpack
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12/18/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: NC State -7 O/U 141
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Television: ESPN2

Stanford Cardinal: A long trip east marks the first true road test for the Cardinal (7-3 SU, 5-4 ATS), who shook off some rust last Saturday with a 75-52 win over UC-Davis. A 13-day layoff showed with the team sinking just 37.3 percent from the field, but Dwight Powell's team-high 20 points helped Stanford backers collect on a 19-point spread. Powell leads the Cardinal, averaging 14.8 ppg, and the team ranks 35th in the country, converting better than 75 percent of free-throw attempts.

NC State Wolfpack: Mark Gottfried and the Wolfpack (7-2 SU, 4-2-1 ATS) continue a six-game homestand with this tilt vs. Stanford. North Carolina State returned to the floor Saturday following a week off with an 84-62 decision vs. Norfolk State, and the 'Pack continued its Division-I-best field-goal percentage mark (52.7 percent) by sinking 31-of-54 attempts. Richard Howell had a huge game on the glass with 19 boards to go with his 12 points, and freshman TJ Warren tallied 21 points off the bench by connecting on nine of his 11 shots from the field.

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