NCAA Basketball Picks: San Diego State Aztecs vs. Kansas Jayhawks

San Diego State Aztecs vs. Kansas Jayhawks
Sunday, 1/5/14, 4:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Kansas -9
Current Betting Line:  Kansas -8.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Kansas Jayhawks have won their last 68 non-conference games at Allen Fieldhouse
The Kansas Jayhawks have won their last 68 non-conference games at Allen Fieldhouse

San Diego State has put together its fifth double-digit win streak in 93 seasons, as it continues a three-game, three-time zones, eight day stretch—starting with a 71-61 victory over the Colorado State Rams as 3.5-point road favorites.  The Aztecs are looking to win three consecutive games against ranked opponents for the first time in school history, which can’t be ignored when making your NCAA basketball picks.  San Diego State is 7-13 SU and 10-9-1 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 11-8 in that situation.

The Aztecs are playing tremendous basketball on defense this season, as they rank second in the country in allowing just 53.3 points per game.  San Diego State has two players averaging double figures, with senior guard Xavier Thames scoring 16.3 points a contest.  The program is 12-15 SU in its last 27 games versus raked opponents, while it has compiled a 6-10 mark in its last 16 contests away from home in that situation.

Kansas has won three games in a row, including a 93-83 victory over the Toledo Rockets as 15-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total in each of those contests.  The Jayhawks are averaging 79.4 points per game and have a +10.6 scoring margin, which is important to consider when looking over the NCAA basketball odds page.  The team’s bench has outscored all but three opponents and averages 25.8 points a game.  Kansas is 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS as home favorites of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Jayhawks are led on the offensive end by freshman guard Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 15.9 points per game and coming off a 20-point performance against the Rockets.  Kansas has won its last 68 games against non-conference opponents at Allen Fieldhouse, while it has three players with 20 or more points in a game for the first time since Dec. 4, 2002.

Sports bettors will likely back the Jayhawks due to their 5-1 ATS mark at home versus teams with a winning road record.

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