College Basketball Picks Against the Spread: San Jose State Spartans vs. Kansas Jayhawks

San Jose State Spartans at No. 10 Kansas Jayhawks
Monday, 11/26/12, 9:00 PM EST, TV:  ESPNU
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -27.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -27
Opening Total:  133
Current Total:  136.5
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The Kansas Jayhawks are 0-2 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 or more points this season

San Jose State is set to face Kansas for the first time in school history, while it will also make its only scheduled appearance on ESPNU during the 2012-13 college basketball season.  The Spartans have lost 17 straight games to ranked opponents, but does come off their best shooting performance in four seasons, connecting on 60.3 percent of their shots in a 94-54 win over Santa Cruz on Nov. 20.  San Jose State is 3-2 ATS as a road underdog of 12.5 or more points over the last two-plus seasons, something to consider when making your college basketball picks against the spread on Monday.

The Spartans are led offensively by senior guard James Kinney, who is averaging 21.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.  San Jose State last made an appearance on this particular television channel during the 2009-10 season, as it earned a 72-45 blowout win over Fresno State on Senior Night.  The program was picked to finish ninth in the Western Athletic Conference coaches and media polls during the preseason.

Kansas returns home after winning the Edward Jones CBE Hall of Fame Classic two days before Thanksgiving, which includes a 73-59 victory over St. Louis as eight-point favorites last Tuesday.  The Jayhawks have gotten great production out of senior guard Travis Releford, who scored a combined 40 points in the two wins in Kansas City last week, as he’s averaging 11.8 points per game on the season.  Kansas is 0-2 ATS as a home favorite of 12.5 or more points this season.

The Jayhawks are averaging 71.6 points and lead the Big 12 Conference in blocking 8.8 shots per game.  Redshirt freshman guard Ben McLemore leads the team in scoring 14.0 points per game, while senior center Jeff Withey tied his career high with 25 points last time out.  Kansas has compiled a 16-3 record against current members of the WAC, as it looks to win its 25th consecutive game at home, which is tied for the third longest such streak in the nation.

Sports bettors will likely back the Spartans due to their 19-14 ATS mark versus winning teams, while the Jayhawks are 3-4 ATS when playing with five or six days of rest.

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