On Saturday night, the Kansas Jayhawks will travel to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats in a top-10 showdown. Kansas comes in at 16-3 and is ranked number 9 in the country. Kentucky comes in at 15-3 and is the 8th ranked team in the country.
Kansas, Kentucky Coming Off Of Strong Performances
Kansas is coming off an 80-76 victory over Iowa State on Monday. Kansas trailed by 5 at halftime but used a big second half to take the win. Dedric Lawson was an absolute monster in this game. He scored 29 points on 13 of 17 shooting and corralled 15 rebounds for his 7th double-double of the season, both of which were team highs. Marcus Garrett scored 16 points to go along with 5 rebounds. Lagerald Vick tallied 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting, and Devon Dotson added 11 points and led the team in assists with 8.
Kentucky is coming off a 76-55 blowout victory over the 22nd ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs on Tuesday. The Cats only had 2 players in double figures but got contributions across the board in this one. P.J. Washington was the leading scorer with 21 points on 9 of 15 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds. Tyler Herro was the other Wildcat in double figures with 18 points as he went 3 for 3 from beyond the arc. Reid Travis pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the team, and Ashton Hagans was the leading assister with 9.
Both Teams Have Strong Scorers
Kansas is led by superstar Dedric Lawson, who is averaging a double-double with 19.5 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game which are both team highs. The Jayhawks boast 2 other players who average double figures. Lagerald Vick pours in 15 points a game and is shooting 45.7% from 3-point range. Devon Dotson is averaging 10.9 points a game and is leading the team in assists with 3.3 per game. Center Udoka Azubuike is out for the year with a wrist injury. The Jayhawks are averaging 78.1 points per game on 48.1% shooting but are allowing opponents to score 70.2 points per contest.
Kentucky is led in scoring by two superstar freshmen. Keldon Johnson averages 14.6 points per game, and classmate Tyler Herro is not far behind with 13.7 a game. Reid Travis pours in 12.6 points per game and P.J. Washington chips in 12.3 per contest. Washington also leads the team on the glass with 7.8 rebounds each game. Ashton Hagans leads the team in assists, averaging 3.9 helpers a game. The Wildcats have been putting up incredible numbers this season. Kentucky averages 80 points per game on 48.6% shooting, and they are holding opponents to 67.5 points a game.
Kentucky vs. Kansas Prediction
Kentucky comes in at -6. Kansas is the better team when they have Azubuike no doubt, but without him, things are a little more interesting. I think the experience for Kansas will come up huge here in a tough road environment. Kansas has too much offense for Kentucky to contain. Expect this one to be close throughout, with Kansas pulling it out in the end with a straight-up victory. Take Kansas +6.
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