Two of the best teams in the nation will meet on Friday when the fourth-ranked UConn Huskies face the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks in a 2023 Big East/Big 12 showdown in Lawrence, Kan. The Huskies (7-0), the defending national champions, have won 24 consecutive games against non-conference opponents by double digits, the longest such streak in NCAA history. The Jayhawks (6-1), who have won 10 consecutive games against non-conference opponents on their home floor, are 149-6 against non-league foes at home under coach Bill Self. This will be the fourth meeting between the teams, with Kansas holding a 3-0 edge in the series.
The game will tip off at 9 p.m. ET at Allen Fieldhouse. UConn is averaging 88.7 points per game, while Kansas averages 81.3. The Jayhawks are 3-point favorites in the latest UConn vs. Kansas odds from SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 148.5. Before making any Kansas vs. UConn picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 4 of the 2023-24 season on an 94-61 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,800 for $100 players. It is also off to an 8-2 roll on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Kansas vs. UConn and revealed its CBB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for UConn vs. Kansas:
- UConn vs. Kansas spread: Kansas -3
- UConn vs. Kansas over/under: 148.5 points
- UConn vs. Kansas money line: UConn +137, Kansas -162
- UCONN: The Huskies have returned more than 12 units on the money line over their last 17 games
- KAN: The Jayhawks have hit the team total over in 20 of their last 34 games (+4.35 units)
- UConn vs. Kansas picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Kansas can cover
Junior forward KJ Adams Jr. has reached double-digit scoring in five games, including a season-high 16 points in an 89-84 win over Kentucky on Nov. 14. He is coming off a 10-point performance against Eastern Illinois. For the year, he is averaging 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 28 minutes of action. He has been red hot from the floor, connecting on 73.5% of his shots.
Senior Hunter Dickinson, a transfer from Michigan, leads the nation in rebounding at 12.7 per game. He has registered two games with 20 or more rebounds this season. Dickinson is the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year and is a Preseason All-Big 12 First Team selection. He averaged 17.2 points and 8.4 rebounds for his career, and led Michigan in points and rebounds each of the last three seasons. See which team to pick here.
Why UConn can cover
Senior guard Cam Spencer is in his first season with the Huskies after playing at Rutgers last year. He has reached double-digit scoring the past six games, and is averaging 16.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He is connecting on 50.7% of his field goals, including 47.8% from 3-point range. Spencer is coming off a 17-point, four-rebound, four-steal and three-assist effort against New Hampshire on Monday.
Graduate guard Tristen Newton leads the Huskies in rebounding (8.1) and assists (6.9), while averaging 15.6 points per game. He has two double-doubles and one triple-double on the season. In a 90-60 win over Manhattan on Nov. 24, he scored 15 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds. He has been named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List for the nation's top point guard. See which team to pick here.
How to make UConn vs. Kansas picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over the total, projecting 149 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 70% of the time. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Kansas vs. UConn, and which side of the spread hits over 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is up over $1,800 since last season, and find out.