When and where: November 19, 2019, Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, KS, 8:00 PM ET
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers would have to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year to remain unbeaten in Tuesday’s tilt with the No. 4-ranked Kansas Jayhawks. After losing to Duke in the series opener, the Jayhawks outworked UNC Greensboro before going on to completely dismantle Monmouth. Meanwhile, East Tennessee is coming off wins over Newberry, UT Martin and Winthrop. It took a game-winning 3-pointer by Tray Boyd III for the Buccaneers to stay on top of Winthrop for a 61-58 victory.
Late 3-pointer seals another win for the BuccaneersIt doesn’t matter how you win as long as you win.
That seems to be the biggest takeaway from East Tennessee State’s victory over Winthrop last Thursday night. With less than a minute left on the clock, reserve guard Tray Boyd III pulled up from beyond the arc and sunk a 3-pointer to ice the game. The senior from Memphis was the only other player outside of Bo Hodges to score in double figures for the Buccaneers.
While East Tennessee State is ecstatic about the win, they know they’ll have to do much better on offense in Tuesday’s meeting with the Jayhawks. They can’t compete from a mere talent perspective. So it’s going to have to be a combination of them getting incredibly hot from the floor and playing lights out on defense.
The Team has actually been decent in defensive efficiency, but they also haven’t played an opponent that’s capable of testing their overall talent like Kansas. Hodges has been playing well on the floor, but he could be expected to play like a superstar for East Tennessee State to even have a shot at matching a Jayhawks team averaging 84.0 points per game.
Kansas is back on the winning trackAfter losing to Duke and playing too close for comfort against UNC Greensboro, the Jayhawks made an emphatic statement with their 112-57 win over Monmouth last Friday. It was the kind of performance reminiscent of the No. 4-ranked team in the country; the kind of performance East Tennessee State should be afraid of on Tuesday.
The Jayhawks rank 16th in the country in 3-point shooting percentage (43.1) and 36th in shooting percentage (49.7). It’s a high-scoring offense that has the means of burying a lesser team right out of the gates like they did to Monmouth. They are also holding opposing offenses to 59.5 points per game at home.
Don’t expect the Jayhawks to sleep on this match-up, especially after seeing Kentucky fall to Evansville. That game served as a wakeup call for every ranked team not to underestimate their opponent. East Tennessee State is at a disadvantage on both ends of the floor, but there’s always hope for a miracle upset.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Buccaneers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Buccaneers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Buccaneers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Buccaneers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss.
- Jayhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Jayhawks are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 home games.
- Jayhawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 90 points in their previous game.