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Kentucky Has Dominated In The Champions Classic

The Champions Classic has become the premier non-conference proving ground since its inception with Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and Michigan State all taking to the same court each year. However, it has been Kentucky that has dominated, as the Wildcats are 5-1 SU in the Champions Classic – the lone team with a record over .500. Will John Calipari and company continue this trend when they take on the Jayhawks on Tuesday?

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kentucky’s last 5 games against Kansas.
  • The total has gone UNDER in Kentucky’s last 7 games.
  • Kentucky is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games against the Big 12.

Kentucky and Kansas clashed once last season in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge with the Jayhawks ultimately picking up a come-from-behind 79-73 victory. Of course, both teams look much different this time around, as the top five scorers in that game are all gone.

Kentucky is 2-0 through its first two games but neither victory is overly impressive. The Wildcats won those two games by a combined 14 points despite their opposition – Utah Valley and Vermont – clearly being beneath them. Of the eight Kentucky players to see the floor this season, six are freshmen and it has shown at times.

Kansas cruised in its season opener against Tennessee State, as the Jayhawks tallied 92 points while shooting 60 percent from the floor. The guard-heavy lineup will jack up a lot of threes if that first game is any indication with Kansas taking 28 treys in that contest. Devonte’ Graham might be the best old man guard in the country and he proved he is ready to step up with 10 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds vs the Tigers.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Kansas Jayhawks were listed as 3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the OVER/UNDER betting odds total was expected shortly.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Kansas Jayhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kentucky Wildcats will try to spoil the party and cover the point spread on Tuesday; they are 0-2 against the betting line this season, while the Kansas Jayhawks are 1-0 ATS. The Wildcats are 0-2 on betting the total; the Jayhawks are 1-0.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at OddsShark, it's the No. 2-ranked Jayhawks and the No. 19-rated Wildcats in this matchup.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

PJ Washington scored 17 points leading the Wildcats to a 73-69 victory over Vermont at Rupp Arena on Sunday.

The Jayhawks blew out Tennessee State on Friday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 92-56 win at Allen Fieldhouse.

Betting Trends
  • Kentucky is 1-3-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kentucky is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kentucky's last 5 games
  • Kentucky is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Kansas
  • Kansas is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Kansas is 12-2 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas's last 7 games
  • Kansas is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Kentucky

Next Betting Matchups

Kentucky home to East Tennessee State, Friday, November 17
Kansas at South Dakota State, Friday, November 17