The Richmond Spiders will get another crack at the Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday night as those two schools meet on the floor at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.
The Spiders also played the Jayhawks back in March 2011, with Kansas thumping them 77-57 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks easily covered the 10-point spread at the sportsbooks in a game that was an UNDER result on the totals.
The Jayhawks are 8-1 so far on the season, and 4-5 ATS vs. the number. The Spiders, meanwhile, are 9-2 and 2-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Kansas go 5-2 and the Spiders go 3-2 on the totals.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Kansas sat as 15.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Jayhawks - Spiders odds would favor the Jayhawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Kansas is rated No. 30 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Richmond is at No. 244. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 86-79 win for the Jayhawks.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas's No. 47 nationally ranked offense (76.8 points per game) against a Spiders defense that sits as the No. 119 at 62.8 PPG. The Jayhawks have been averaging 48% from the field, more than the Spiders have managed so far this season (46.6% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Richmond owns the country's No. 170-rated mark, allowing 70 points per game on the highway. Kansas, on the other hand, rates No. 109 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Richmond was a 76-57 winner at home against Stetson. Richmond earned a 76-57 victory over Stetson on Saturday, getting 21 points from Derrick Williams at Robins Center.
Kansas was an 89-60 winner in its last match at home against Belmont. They covered the 12-point spread as favorites. The Jayhawks blew out Belmont on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 89-60 win at Allen Fieldhouse.
Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing George Mason are 9-1
After a win are 6-4
Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 10-0
Before playing Ohio State are 5-0
After playing Belmont are 1-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Spiders at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Richmond is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Richmond is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Richmond at George Mason, Saturday, December 22
Kansas at Ohio State, Saturday, December 22