College Basketball Picks: Toledo Rockets vs. Kansas Jayhawks

Toledo Rockets vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Monday, 12/30/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -14.5
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -14.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Kansas Jayhawks have out-rebounded 10 of their 11 opponents this season
The Kansas Jayhawks have out-rebounded 10 of their 11 opponents this season

Toledo looks to cap off a perfect non-conference season and remain among the ranks of the unbeaten.  The Rockets are off to their best start to a campaign since their 1966-67 squad opened with 14 consecutive wins, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  All five starters are averaging double figures in the scoring column—led by senior guard Rian Pearson at 16.6 points per game.  The program has won all five of its games this season decided by four points or less.  Toledo is 0-4 SU and 2-2 ATS as a road underdogs of 12.5 or more points the last two-plus seasons.

The Rockets have made 61 more free throws than their opponents have attempted thus far, while they’ve knocked down 73.3 percent of those tries from the charity stripe.  Toledo is outscoring opponents by 13 points per game—mainly due to the offense knocking down 49.8 percent of its shot attempts and having a plus-3.5 turnover margin.  The program owns a 3-10 SU record against ranked opponents in its last 13 opportunities in that situation.

Kansas closes out the 2013 calendar year at Allen Fieldhouse, as it comes off back-to-back wins, including an 86-64 blowout victory over the Georgetown Hoyas as nine-point home favorites on Dec. 21.  The Jayhawks have out-rebounded 10 of their 11 opponents this season—leading directly to a +7.1 margin in that all-important statistical category.  Freshman guard Andrew Wiggins is the key player to handicap, as he leads the team in scoring 15.5 points per game, while ranking second with 12 steals.  Kansas is 7-0 SU and 4-3 ATS as home favorites of 12.5 to 15 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 4-3 in those seven opportunities.

The Jayhawks have won 67 consecutive non-conference games at this venue, which is hard to ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  Kansas’ 46 free throw attempts are the most by the program since 2008, with the roster connecting on 31 of those.  Defensively, the team has held every opponent under 50 percent shooting this season.

Sports bettors will likely back the Rockets due to their 7-3 ATS mark in their last 10 December games.

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