Ohio State, Kansas Clash Saturday In Top 10 Hoops Matchup

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, December 20, 2012

Kansas Jayhawks at Ohio State Buckeyes
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12/22/2012 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Ohio State -3½, O/U 139
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Television: CBS

Kansas Jayhawks: Coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks (9-1 straight-up, 5-5 against the spread) bring an eight-game winning streak into Columbus before taking a week off over Christmas. Center Jeff Withey's double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds) led Kansas to an 87-59 home win Tuesday night over Richmond. Withey also added four more blocks to his resume, giving him 54 on the season, one more than St. John's Chris Obekpa, who has played 11 games to Withey's 10. Tuesday marked KU's third consecutive cover, as well as the third straight "over" for totals bettors. It was also the fourth game in a row that Kansas shot better than 50 percent as a team, and the Jayhawks rank 16th in the nation, shooting 49.1 percent from the field. Defensively, Kansas is 39th in the country, allowing 58.5 points per game, and seventh in opponent field-goal percentage (35.1 percent), with teams connecting on just under 31 percent from 3-point range.

Ohio State Buckeyes: The soft December schedule comes to an end for the Buckeyes (9-1 SU, 5-3 ATS), who survived a scare vs. Winthrop on Tuesday. Favored by 27½, OSU finally pulled away in the second half for a 65-55 win in a game that saw neither team score for nearly four minutes during a stretch of the first half. It was Ohio State's second consecutive loss against the spread, and the final snapped a three-game "over" run to leave Coach Thad Matta's bunch 5-2 to the high side of totals this season. Deshaun Thomas led the Buckeyes with 21 points, and he tops the team in scoring (20.4 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 per game) through the first 10 games. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (11.5 ppg) is the only other player scoring more than 10 per game. Saturday's clash sets up a double-revenge situation for Ohio State, as Kansas won two meetings last season. The first was a 78-67 setback on the road with the Buckeyes as 1-point underdogs, and the second was in the Final Four to end the their season, a 64-62 decision as 3-point favorites.

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