NCAAB: BYU vs. Kansas Picks and Predictions – Tuesday, Feb. 27

Feb 17, 2024; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Hunter Dickinson (1) gestures after scoring a basket against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center.
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We have your BYU Cougars vs. Kansas Jayhawks prop betting and game preview needs covered as the BYU Cougars hit the road to face the Kansas Jayhawks.

The BYU Cougars (19-8, 7-7 Big 12) are set to challenge the Kansas Jayhawks (21-6, 9-5 Big 12) in a high-stakes Big 12 showdown. With BYU looking to improve their road record and Kansas aiming to protect their undefeated home streak, this matchup is poised to be a battle of wills at the Allen Fieldhouse.

BYU Cougars vs. Kansas Jayhawks Odds Info

Moneyline: BYU Cougars +245 (DraftKings) / Kansas Jayhawks -300 (BetMGM)

Spread: -6.5 – BYU Cougars -105 (BetMGM) / Kansas Jayhawks -115 (BetMGM)

Total: 154.5 – -105 (BetMGM) / -115 (BetMGM)

Game Info

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Time: 08:00 PM

Location: Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, KS


BYU Cougars Betting Trends

  • On the road, BYU Cougars are 2 and 6 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, BYU Cougars are 15 and 12.
  • Against the spread on the road, BYU Cougars are 3 and 7.

Kansas Jayhawks Betting Trends

  • At home, Kansas Jayhawks are 14 and 0 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Kansas Jayhawks are 12 and 14.
  • Against the spread at home, Kansas Jayhawks are 8 and 7.

BYU Cougars vs. Kansas Jayhawks Predictions

The BYU Cougars are entering the fray with a mixed bag of recent performances, but they’re riding a four-game winning streak that they hope to extend. Despite their struggles on the road, where they’ve posted a 2-6 record, the Cougars have shown they can be explosive offensively, ranking 22nd in average points with 82.8 per game. Jaxson Robinson (G) leads the team with 13.9 points per game, and Noah Waterman (F) tops the rebounding charts with 5.8 per game. Their prolific three-point shooting, ranked 5th with 307 made, will be a crucial factor against Kansas.

Kansas Jayhawks, on the other hand, have been dominant at home with a perfect 14-0 record at the Allen Fieldhouse. They boast a balanced attack, ranking 5th in field goal percentage at 50.2% and 2nd in assists with 19.7 per game. The Jayhawks will miss the services of their leading scorer Kevin McCullar Jr. (G), but Hunter Dickinson (C) has been a consistent force, averaging a double-double with 10.9 rebounds and contributing significantly to the team’s 97th-ranked scoring offense at 77.0 points per game.

The game will likely hinge on the battle inside the arc versus the battle beyond it. Kansas’ 5th-ranked field goal percentage suggests they’ll look to exploit BYU’s 176th-ranked three-point defense. Meanwhile, BYU’s third-ranked three-point attempts will test Kansas’ perimeter defense. The Jayhawks’ ability to control the paint with Dickinson and their top-ranked assist game could be the key to dismantling BYU’s strategy. As both teams vie for a better seeding in the upcoming conference tournament, expect a fiercely contested game with strategic plays from both ends of the court.

BYU Cougars vs. Kansas Jayhawks Pick

The over is the compelling pick for this matchup, considering the offensive capabilities of both teams. BYU, with its 22nd-ranked scoring offense, is likely to push the pace and rely heavily on their 3-point shooting, where they rank 5th in made threes. Kansas, despite missing McCullar Jr., still boasts a 5th-ranked field goal percentage and is 2nd in assists, indicating their ability to find and make good shots. The Jayhawks’ perfect home record and the Cougars’ ability to score in bunches set the stage for a high-scoring affair. Furthermore, the over has hit in 13 of both teams’ games this season, suggesting a trend that could continue given the offensive tendencies of both squads. Historically, high-scoring games have been a theme when these teams clash, and with Kansas’ home-court advantage and BYU’s need to keep up in a tough road environment, there’s reason to believe this game will follow suit. Kansas’ ability to facilitate and score efficiently inside, combined with BYU’s perimeter shooting, could lead to a back-and-forth scoring race. While BYU’s road woes are notable, their recent winning streak and offensive firepower suggest they can contribute enough to the total to push this game over the line. Kansas’ undefeated home record and offensive efficiency should do the rest, making the over a promising pick for this Big 12 showdown.

The Pick: Over 154.5 -115 (BetMGM)