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Kansas Ohio State Betting Preview

Having beaten Ohio State both SU and ATS in the Final Four of last year's NCAA Tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks will be trying to top them again on Saturday as those Top-10 schools hit the hardwood at the Value City Arena.

Kansas slipped past Ohio State 64-62 in the semifinals of last year's March Madness in a game in which the Buckeyes had been favored by 3 points on the college basketball betting lines. Kansas is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS in its last five vs. Ohio State.

The Buckeyes currently sports a 9-1 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-3 ATS. The Jayhawks are 9-1 and 5-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Buckeyes produce a 5-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Jayhawks have gone 6-2 against the number.

View Kansas vs Ohio State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Ohio State opened as 5.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Buckeyes sit at No. 13 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Jayhawks sit at No. 30 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Buckeyes will win this game 89-87.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Ohio State's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 78.6 PPG, against a Jayhawks defense that ranks No. 39 at 58.5 PPG. The Buckeyes field goal percentage has averaged 46.9% so far, less than the Jayhawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.1% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Kansas owns the country's No. 1-rated mark, allowing 0 points per game on the highway. Ohio State, on the other hand, rates No. 44 in scoring at home.

Kansas was an 87-59 winner in its last match at home against Richmond. They covered the 14.5-point spread as favorites. The Jayhawks blew out Richmond on Tuesday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 87-59 win at Allen Fieldhouse.

Ohio State won its last outing, a 65-55 result against Winthrop on December 18. They failed to cover in that game as a 27.5-point favorite. Deshaun Thomas scored 21 points leading the Buckeyes to a 65-55 victory over Winthrop at Value City Arena on Tuesday.

Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing Richmond are 1-1
After a win are 8-2

Ohio State Buckeyes Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
After playing Winthrop are 1-0
After a win are 8-2

A few Jayhawks at Buckeyes trends to consider:
Kansas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kansas's last 15 games on the road
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Ohio State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Ohio State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Kansas

Next up:
Kansas home to American, Saturday, December 29
Ohio State home to Chicago State, Saturday, December 29