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College baskeball point spread favors Grizzlies in battle with Kangaroos

UMKC KangaroosOakland Grizzlies
Jan 17, 7:00 PM | Athletics Center

UMKC Kangaroos vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds

5-13TEAM RECORD7-12

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.

View UMKC vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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.

Next up:
UMKC at IUPU Fort Wayne, Saturday, January 19
Oakland home to South Dakota, Saturday, January 19

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