College baskeball point spread favors Grizzlies in battle with Kangaroos
UMKC Kangaroos vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds
The Oakland Grizzlies will try to cover the spread at Athletics Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the UMKC Kangaroos in NCAA basketball action.
The Grizzlies are 7-12 so far on the season, and 7-9 ATS vs. the number. The Kangaroos, meanwhile, are 5-13 and 8-8 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Oakland go 6-6 and the Kangaroos go 8-5 on the totals.
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Kangaroos were listed as 13.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Grizzlies at No. 241 and the Kangaroos at No. 340 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 67-60 result in favor of the Grizzlies.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the nation's No. 117-rated offensive output, at 70.2 PPG. The visiting Kangaroos defense ranks No. 301 allowing on average 72.6 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 41.8% so far, less than the Kangaroos marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.9% per game.
Defensively, UMKC features the nation's No. 298-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.5 points per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, UMKC was a 90-86 winner on the road against South Dakota. They covered the 8-point spread as underdogs. The Kangaroos got a terrific 25-point effort from Estan Tyler as UMKC defeated South Dakota 90-86 on Saturday at DakotaDome.
Last time out for Oakland, they were a 73-65 loser as they battled North Dakota State on the road. They covered in the match as a 11.5-point underdog. Oakland suffered a 73-65 loss against North Dakota State on Saturday, getting 22 points from Ryan Bass in a losing effort at Bison Sports Arena.
UMKC at IUPU Fort Wayne, Saturday, January 19
Oakland home to South Dakota, Saturday, January 19