Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
The Davidson Wildcats have been testing themselves against some solid opponents this season and this group has opened standing 5-3 overall with their losses coming against Clemson, Charleston, and in their last outing against North Carolina on the road by a final of 74-83. Davidson has been playing at a slower pace this season than we typically see from the Wildcats as Davidson currently ranks 178th in the nation in scoring average and 140th in total defense. Davidson should be a factor in the upper tier of the A-10 with a chance to make a run at an at-large bid. Gibbs and Aldridge form a deadly duo as the two average 24.3 and 20 points per game respectively.
The Kansas Jayhawks have knocked out 9 straight wins after opening the year with an OT loss against Indiana. Kansas has been consistently taking care of their opposition with their best wins coming against teams like Duke, Siena, UAB, Georgia, Stanford, and in their last outing against Nebraska by a final of 89-72. The Jayhawks bring back some key veteran players added to an influx of underclassmen talent to form the top team in the Big 12 yet again this season. Kansas has been putting up some strong offensive numbers ranking 13th in the nation in scoring average compared to 123rd in total defense. Returner Frank Mason has stepped up to lead the Jayhawks averaging 20.5 points per game.
Davidson has been a bit hit or miss in some of their tougher matchups this season with their offense not being nearly as consistent of a threat as we saw from this group last year. With that said Davidson has been markedly better on the defensive end to compensate. We like for Kansas to outpace the Wildcats at the Jayhawk Shootout as they go on to win and cover the spread.
Kansas -16 -110