One of the great rivalries in college basketball takes place this Saturday, Jan. 30, when Kentucky battles Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, in Lawrence, Kansas. The game tips-off at 7:00 pm EST. When we all saw this matchup on the schedule, we figured this game would feature a pair of top-five teams with legit national title hopes, not two traditional powerhouses still searching for their identities.
How To Bet The #20 Kentucky Wildcats Vs #3 Kansas Jayhawks College Hoops Odds
The college hoops betting odds favor the Kansas Jayhawks by 6-points to beat the Kentuky Wildcats. The 16-4 Jayhawks have lost three of their last five but can still contend for a No. 1 seed if they turn things around. Kentucky could use a signature win to replace its now-devalued victory at Duke.
What: No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats (16-4) at No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (16-4)
When: Saturday, January 30, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Lawrence, Kansas
Stadium: Allen Fieldhouse
Spread: Kansas -6
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Kentucky vs Kansas
Bet The #20 Kentucky Wildcats Because…
After the 70 to 75 upset loss to Auburn Jan. 16, Kentucky has won 3 straight in impressive fashion. Sometimes, it takes a loss in order for the light bulb to go off. That might be the case with the Wildcats who were stunned by Auburn as -11.5 point road favorites on Jan. 16. Since that time, John Calipari’s crew has run off 3 straight wins both straight up and against the spread: 80 to 66 over Arkansas, 76 to 57 over Vanderbilt and 88 to 54 over Missouri.
Bet The #3 Kansas Jayhawks Because…
It’s almost impossible to beat Kansas in Kansas. The Jayhawks are 12 and 0 at home this season. Kansas beat Oklahoma in overtime, 109 to 106, on Jan. 4. They beat Texas 76 to 67 on Jan. 23. The Jayhawks even decimated Baylor 102 to 74 on Jan. 2. Kansas just plays tougher on both ends of the court when they battle an opponent at home. Expect the Jayhawks to really be up for this game against Kentucky on Saturday since Kansas and Kentucky are 2 of the historically dominant college basketball programs.
Records Since Last Season
The Kansas Jayhawks are 26-25 ATS, but that is better than the Wildcats who are 28-29 ATS. The Wildcats covered the spread in their one matchup.
11/18/2014: Kentucky won 72 to 40, Kentucky covered -7, Game came under 140.5
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Even though Kansas wins at home, the Jayhawks don’t often cover the spread. Kansas is only 6 and 6 ATS at home this season. What’s worse for Jayhawk backers is that Kansas is a terrible 0 and 5 against the spread in their last 5 games.
The Jayhawks are 1 and 6 ATS in their last 7. They’ve gone 1 and 2 straight up in their last 3, including losing 67 to 86 to Oklahoma State as a -9 point road favorite on Jan. 19. All of it should give Kentucky fans confidence that their team, whose defense is starting to play like the lock down unit that you’d expect from a Calipari coached squad, has a great shot at upsetting the Jayhawks on Saturday.
I like Kentucky on the money line. There’s no doubt that it’s tough to beat Kansas on the road, but Kentucky is starting to play like the dominant team that led to their number one pre-season ranking. I’m going with Big Blue.
My final prediction is Kentucky 80, Kansas 70.