The Kansas Jayhawks aren’t playing at the level they need to be playing at in order to win the NCAA tournament in 2012, but they are definitely playing well enough to beat the Davidson Wildcats.
While Davidson has a plethora of players that can hit perimeter shots, they have not faced a defense as stingy as Kansas’ can be. Whether that stingy defense shows up or not will be the key to the game.
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Kansas
When: Monday, December 19, 9:00 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN U
Listen: ESPN Radio
Betting Line: Over/Under: 148.5, Spread: Kansas -13.5
The oddsmakers have their money that Kansas will play no defense at all during this game, but I feel they are underestimating the power Kansas can wield defensively when they want to. Davidson has not faced a perimeter defense that is as quick as they are, so I expect this to be way under. I also see Kansas beating the spread.
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What They’re Saying
Kansas student Matt Smith is reporting about Taylor’s first game back with the Jayhawks:
Key Matchup: Thomas Robinson vs. Davidson’s Inside Men
With Tyshawn Taylor at less than 100 percent, more of the burden of putting the ball in the basket will fall to the shoulders of Thomas Robinson for the Jayhawks. If Robinson can control the glass as well as add the offensive touch that the team needs from him, it will open up the space for an ailing Taylor to get his looks.
Prediction: Kansas 71, Davidson 55
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