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Baylor vs Kansas Betting Odds – Baylor can’t see through “The Phog” in Kansas

Posted by Washington Tucker on 1/19/2010 2:41:53 PM

NCAA Basketball Odds: Pick Kansas

Sports betting players should know better than to pick against Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, aka “The Phog”, where they have won 52 in a row and they’ll look to make it 53 when they host Baylor on Wednesday night. Between their outstanding depth and the home-court advantage, your best bet lies with Kansas here.

WHAT: NCAA basketball betting
WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 9:00 PM ET
WHERE: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KN
KEY STAT: Kansas has won 52 straight games at Allen Fieldhouse

The Storyline - Baylor vs Kansas Betting Odds
The No.25 Bears (14-2, 2-1) bounced back from a loss at Colorado with a home victory against Oklahoma State, and this kicks off a tough run where Baylor plays at Kansas, Kansas State and at Texas in their next three Big 12 games. The No.3 Jayhawks (16-1) have won at Nebraska and against Texas Tech since losing at Tennessee, and the loss to a depleted Vols team may be the best thing that happened to this talented bunch.

Offensive Matchups - Baylor vs Kansas Betting Odds
The guard duo of LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter may sound funny, but they’re the reason why Baylor is 19th in the nation in three-point percentage, and ninth in field-goal percentage. Their outside shooting opens up the inside for Ekpe Udoh, who is one of four Bears to shoot at least 54% from the field.

However, the Jayhawks are an offensive force, coming in fourth in both field-goal percentage and points scored, and it’s pick your poison with Kansas: either try to shut down the inside-out duo of Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich, or try and stop freshman Xavier Henry and an array of slashing players. This is why the Jayhawks are leading the nation in scoring margin (24.4 points).

Betting Edge: Kansas

Defensive Matchups - Baylor vs Kansas Betting Odds
The reason that some sportsbook players think the Bears could make some noise later in the season is their defense, as Baylor is tops in the country in rebounding margin, third in field-goal percentage and sixth in blocks, paced by Udoh. The junior center is seventh in boards and third blocks, and one of the most dominant post defenders in the NCAA, and teams try to avoid him at all costs.

Aldrich isn’t far behind Udoh, though as he is 19th in rebounding and seventh in blocks, and the Jayhawks as a team are second in the country in field-goal defense. The Jayhawks have the tools to shut down any team in the country, and it begins with Aldrich in the post

Betting Edge: Draw

Coaching Matchup - Baylor vs Kansas Betting Odds
Scott Drew is getting a reputation as one of the Big 12`s best recruiters, and he has transformed Baylor into a second-tier team in the conference as opposed to a team that was winning single digits in games when he got here in 2003. After last year`s runner-up finish in the NIT, there`s no reason that Baylor shouldn`t be dancing come March.

This may be the most talent Bill Self has ever had at Kansas, even for as young as they are, and it’s going to take all of his coaching skill to harness them in. Some players are complaining about their role on the team, but Self is doing a good job of keeping everyone focused, for the most part.

Betting Edge: Kansas

Betting Prediction - Betting Prediction - Baylor vs Kansas Betting Odds
The Jayhawks will definitely be the favorites in this contest, as they`ve won an NCAA-high 52 straight at “The Phog”. Kansas has won eight of their last 10 against Baylor, but they`ll also be out for revenge after the Bears knocked them out of the Big 12 Tournament last year. This will not be an easy game for the Jayhawks, as the matchups between Aldrich and Udoh, and Collins and Dunn/Carter will be fun to watch. The difference, besides the home crowd, will be Henry and the rest of the Jayhawks’ secondary scoring. Look for the Jayhawks win their 53rd in a row at home.


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