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#737 Colorado 139 vs.
#738 Kansas -9.5
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Diamond Dave

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The No. 2 ranked Kansas Jayhawks host the Colorado Buffaloes Saturday in an intriguing college basketball match up. The Jayhawks come into this game with a record of 6-1 while the Buffaloes are a perfect 7-0. Kansas has won 9 of the last 10 games between the two, but Colorado won the last meeting in 2013. The Jayhawks are 9 point favorites. Tipoff is Saturday at 7:00 p.m. ET at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.

Colorado remains perfect

The Colorado Buffaloes are off to their best start in years. They are 7-0 and ranked No. 20 in the country. They are coming off a 76-64 win against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday. D'Shawn Schwartz and McKinley Wright IV led the Buffaloes attack with 16 points each while Tyler Bey had 13 points and eight rebounds. Evan Battey tossed in eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. The Buffaloes committed 18 turnovers but won the rebound battle 39-30. They made 25 of 33 free throws.

"We make it really hard on ourselves. We have to make the game simpler and easier, and the way you do that is by just making simple and easy plays. And right now some of our guys aren't doing that. You don't make simple plays and turn it over 18 or 19 times like we have the last two games," Buffaloes coach Tad Boyle said after the game, reported Colorado basketball.

But he knows they can't make those mistakes against Kansas.

"We have an opportunity on Saturday to go into a special place in college basketball history and make a little history of our own," Boyle said. "It isn't going to be easy and we aren't going to do it by turning the ball over and getting sped up. We're going to do it by executing, competing and doing the things we are capable of doing. All you can ask for in life is an opportunity. Our guys have it. Let's go try to make the most of it."

Kansas survives OT scare

After an opening game loss to Duke, the Kansas Jayhawks have rattled off 6 straight wins to improve to 6-1. They are ranked No. 2 in the nation. Their most recent win was a 90-84 overtime win over Dayton to win the Maui Jim Classic. Sophomore Devon Dotson led Kansas with 31 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Senior Udoka Azubuike had 29 points with 4 blocked shots. Kansas was in serious jeopardy in the second half, down by 8 points with 8 minutes left. But they rattled off 11 straight points to take a 69-67. Kansas led 73-70 in the final seconds when Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send it to overtime.

Led by Azubuike, who scored 9 points in overtime, Kansas rolled in the extra period. Dayton got close a few times, but Kansas pulled away to win it 90-84 win. Guard Marcus Garrett added 18 points and 7 rebounds. The Jayhawks shot 55.6 percent from the field and made 20-of-28 free throw shots. Kansas had 38 rebounds to just 30 for Dayton.

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Take the Colorado Buffaloes here getting the points. Kansas is the No. 2 ranked team in the country but I really don't think it's deserved. They lost to Duke in the opener and have won 6 straight but they haven't exactly been dominant. It took them overtime to beat Dayton and they've beaten the likes of Chaminade, Monmouth, East Tennessee, NC Greensboro, and BYU. That's not exactly a murderer's row. This will be their first real test and why I think they'll prevail, 10.5 points is way too much to give up to a good Colorado team. The underdog is 6-2 against the spread in the last 8 meetings.

Prediction: Colorado +10.5

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Go with the under. Colorado has won with defense, In their 7 wins, they have not given up more than 71 points in any single game. In 4 of their wins, they have held opponents to under 60 points. They play a slow down game on offense as they rank 190 in pace of play. They will seek to dictate the tempo here and keep the score down. The under is 5-1-1 in Jayhawks last 7 home games against a team with a road winning percentage of greater than .600 and 5-2 in their last 7 overall. Also, the under is 21-8 in Buffaloes last 29 road games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall.

Prediction: Under 137
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Written By David Shields , "Diamond Dave"

Dave has covered every major sport with passion and expertise for national sports publications. In addition to being a sportswriter, Dave has also worked in financial industry and brings a critical eye for numbers to his analysis of games. Dave thoroughly researches the statistics to spot the trends and breakdown the matchups to successfully find the winners in the NFL, NBA, MLB, college hoops, and other sports.