No. 1 seed Kansas is 10-1 SU and also an impressive 10-1 ATS over its past 11 games as the Jayhawks prepare to face a big underdog in No. 16 seed Western Kentucky in its opening game on Friday night.
The Hilltoppers are a sizzling 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in its past eight games.
Kansas is 9-1 ATS in its past ten games as a favorite, and has won and covered five games in a row as double-digit chalk. The total has gone OVER in five of the Jayhawks' past eight games with one PUSH, while WKU has posted four consecutive UNDER results.
Kansas battles the Hilltoppers, currently sitting with a 20-15 mark (17-17 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 15-14-2 for the Jayhawks and 10-19-1 for the Hilltoppers.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 117-rated Western Kentucky taking on the No. 3-rated Jayhawks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 81-69 win for the Jayhawks on Friday.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kansas's No. 15-rated squad against Western Kentucky's No. 103-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kansas rates No. 180 in the country with 6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 139 nationally with 6.4 per match.
Defensively, Western Kentucky features the nation's No. 188-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.2 points per game. Kansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 31 nationally in scoring at home.
Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 65-63 result against Florida International on March 11. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 17 points from George Fant en route to a 65-63 victory over Florida International on Monday at Summit Arena.
Last time out for Kansas, they were a 70-54 winner as they battled Kansas State at home. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Kansas earned a 70-54 victory over Kansas State on Saturday, getting 17 points from Jeff Withey at Sprint Center.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Florida International are 7-3
After a win are 6-4
Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
After playing Kansas State are 10-0
After a win are 8-2
A few Hilltoppers at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Kansas is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games