The No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks (16-4) go on the road to take on the Kentucky Wildcats (14-6) in a primetime matchup on Saturday night as part of the 2023 SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The Jayhawks are currently sitting in fourth place in the Big 12 standings after dropping three straight games. On the flip side, Kentucky is fifth in the SEC standings. The Wildcats also lead the all-time series 24-10.
Tipoff from the Rupp Arena in Lexington is set for 8 p.m. ET. The Wildcats are 2-point favorites in the latest Kansas vs. Kentucky odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 140. Before making any Kentucky vs. Kansas picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 12 of the season 45-26 on all-top rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,100 for $100 players. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Kansas and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting trends for Kansas vs. Kentucky:
- Kentucky vs. Kansas spread: Kentucky -2
- Kentucky vs. Kansas over/under: 140 points
- Kentucky vs. Kansas money line: Kentucky -135, Kansas +115
- KY: The Wildcats have covered in four straight games
- KAN: The Jayhawks have failed to cover in their last five games
- Kentucky vs. Kansas picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Kentucky can cover
Senior forward Oscar Tshiebwe is a powerful presence in the post. He has a soft touch around the basket and can score consistently on dunks and layups. He leads the SEC in rebounds (13.9) and is fourth in scoring (16.6). Additionally, he's tied for fourth in the nation in double-doubles (12).
Senior guard Antonio Reeves is a threat on the perimeter with superb range and a quick release. Reeves can hit a jumper off the dribble or in catch-and-shoot scenarios. The Illinois native leads the team in 3-point percentage (39.7%) on 5.8 attempts per game. Reeves is also second on the squad with 12.9 points per game. On Jan. 21, he racked up 23 points and went 5-of-11 from beyond the arc.
Why Kansas can cover
Freshman guard Gradey Dick is an agile and fluid scorer in the backcourt. He's been able to space the floor due to his reliable jumper and shot-creating ability. The Kansas native averages 14.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and shoots 43% from beyond the arc. He's scored 20-plus in two of his last four games. On Jan. 23, Dick tallied 24 points and four rebounds.
Sophomore forward KJ Adams Jr. is a powerful inside scorer. Adams Jr. has outstanding strength to barrel through defenders with strong hands to finish with force at the rim. The Texas native logs 10.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. On Jan. 17, he finished with 17 points, four assists and shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the field.
How to make Kansas vs. Kentucky picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 145 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Kentucky vs. Kansas? And which side of the spread hits in over 50% of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its college basketball picks, and find out.