Kentucky is the lowest ranked team among those competing in the Champions Classic checking in at No. 20 and is coming off a 76-64 upset loss to Richmond in the Bluegrass Showcase. Freshman Brandon Boston Jr. led the way for the Wildcats with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not nearly enough as the Wildcats dropped to 1-1 on the season. Kentucky began its season with an 81-45 win over Morehead State.
Like Kentucky, Kansas has a 12-point loss this season, though it’s much more forgivable coming to the No. 1 team in the country Gonzaga on Thanksgiving in the Fort Myers Tip-Off. In that game, Kansas lost 102-90 allowing 23 points or more to three different players. Marcus Garrett led the Jayhawks with a 22-point performance on 7 of 9 shooting. The next day, Kansas beat Saint Joseph’s 94-72 to even its record at 1-1.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Kentucky vs. Kansas on Tuesday, December 1st at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Kentucky vs. Kansas (-4.5)
Point Total: 146.5
Money line: Kentucky (+165) vs. Kansas (-205)
- Kansas is 17-1 straight up in its last 18 games, and Kentucky is 10-2 in its last 12 games.
- Kentucky is 9-3 against the spread in its last 12 games, while Kansas is 8-3 ATS in its last 11.
- The point total went over in six of Kansas’ last nine matchups, and Kentucky unders hit in each of its first two games this season.
The Best Bet
Kentucky was a mess in its loss to Richmond and looked exactly like a team that returned less than 8% of its minutes from last college basketball season. The Wildcats missed all 10 of their attempted 3-pointers, missed 13 free throws and turned the ball over 21 times. That will improve, but it will not improve quick enough in a short turnaround against Kansas. Let’s go with the more veteran Jayhawks.
Pick: Kansas -4.5
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL). Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ/MI/PA/WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA) or Call or Text the TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789. 21+ (18+ NH). NJ/PA/WV/IA/IN/CO/IL/TN/MI only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.