NCAA Betting Preview: Kansas at Colorado
By: Joe Freda
Monday, January 24, 2011
The No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks
have a 1-4 spread record in their last five games, with the ‘under’ going 3-2. Bill Self’s squad heads west for Tuesday’s duel against the Colorado Buffaloes
, who return home after dropping two straight road contests.
Kansas suffered its first loss of the season in Saturday’s 74-63 setback as a seven-point home favorite against the Texas Longhorns. The Jayhawks were held to 35.9 percent field shooting, while being outrebounded, 40-33.
Jayhawks guard Tyrel Reed notched a team-high 17 points, draining 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. The senior added two of his squad’s five steals, while failing to log an assist for the first time in 10 games.
Reed’s mate Marcus Morris grabbed a team-high seven boards, while finishing with 16 points. The junior forward added three assists and one block.
The battle’s combined 137 points ducked ‘under’ the ‘total’ of 144 ½. Both squads united to sink 36-of-49 free throws.
Kansas is 4-3 ATS in its seven games away from home, with the ‘over’ also going 4-3. Morris and Co. have put up a sizable 82.9 PPG in that span.
Colorado’s latest defeat came in Saturday’s 67-60 loss as a 3 ½-point road favorite against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Buffaloes connected on a meager 1-of-10 from three-point land, while allowing the Sooners to hit 52.2 percent from the field.
Colorado’s Alec Burks and Cory Higgins each finished with a team-high 15 points. The duo also united for 13 boards and five assists.
Buffaloes guard Andre Roberson piled in 10 points from the bench, hitting 4-of-5 from the field. The freshman added four rebounds and two steals.
The tight affair’s combined 127 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 143. Colorado edged out Oklahoma in boards, 29-28, while recording 22 fouls.
The Buffaloes are 4-1 ATS in their first five ‘board’ home dates, with the ‘over’ also cashing at 4-1. Tad Boyle’s troops have allowed 69.6 PPG in that stretch.
Colorado is 5-1 ATS in its last six matchups against the Jayhawks, with the ‘under’ also going 5-1.
Kansas notched a 72-66 overtime win as a 14-point road favorite in last February’s visit to Colorado. The Jayhawks held the Buffaloes to 37.5 percent field shooting, while both squads struggled with free throws, uniting to sink 28-of-55.
Tuesday’s tip is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PT), with ESPN3.com providing television coverage.
Both squads will be off for three days, resuming action as part of Saturday’s college hoops slate. Kansas returns home to face the Kansas State Wildcats, while Colorado visits the Baylor Bears.