College Basketball Picks: Richmond Spiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor IDecember 18, 2012

College Basketball Picks: Richmond Spiders vs. Kansas Jayhawks

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    The Kansas Jayhawks (8-1) are outscoring opponents by an average of 18.3 points per game this season, which will make them an attractive against-the-spread (ATS) pick Tuesday night, as they welcome the Richmond Spiders (9-2) into Allen Fieldhouse.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Jayhawks are currently 14-point home favorites in the betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total stands at 134 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this nonconference affair from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction along the way. 

Richmond Spiders

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    The Richmond Spiders are 0-2 ATS as an underdog this season, which is quite surprising since four of their top five scorers from last season returned to the team.

    Sports bettors will also find that the Spiders have failed to cover all three games versus opponents that allow 64 points or less per game this season.

Kansas Jayhawks

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    The Kansas Jayhawks have won seven games in a row since suffering their only loss of the season to the Michigan State Spartans as three-point neutral-site favorites on Nov. 13.

    Sports bettors will find that the Jayhawks have gone 6-0 ATS in their last six games versus Atlantic 10 opponents, which should help to extend the nation's second-longest home-winning streak to 28 games.


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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the Jayhawks as one of their NCAA basketball picks Tuesday, as the Spiders are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four road games versus a team with a winning home record.

    College Basketball Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -14


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