Sunday, January 16, 2011

Broseph's Bits And The Monday Gospel

Kansas/Baylor Over 139.5 -- A stiff test for Kansas on Monday when they head into Texas to take on Baylor. The Jayhawks are 17-0 and are averaging 83.1 points per game. Kansas has shown that when a team wants to play at an uptempo pace, they will do so as well. KU has scored at least 80 points in 10 of their 17 games this season. Marcus Morris (16.7 ppg) and Markieff Morris (12.8 ppg) patrol the inside while Josh Selby (12.1 ppg in 8 games) and Tyrel Reed (9.3 ppg) take care of business on the outside. Baylor is no slouch. They are 12-4, 2-1 in the Big 12. The Bears score 73.4 points per game which is 56th overall. They are led by LaceDarius Dunn (22.3 ppg), Quincy Acy (13.6 ppg) and Perry Jones (13.1 ppg). Baylor has scored at least 70 points in 10 of their 16 games. Last year, Kansas won 81-75 at home on January 20th. Five of the last eight games in this series have gone over the total since 1997. Baylor is shooting nearly 50% at home this season where they are 10-1. Kansas is putting up an average of 81.6 points on the road. This one could be a shootout.

Idaho +5
-- The Vandals hit the road to take on Fresno State Monday night. Idaho has been a surprise this season going 11-6, 4-1 in the WAC. They have won five straight with three of them coming on the road. As a matter of fact, they have won four straight road games and five of their last six. Idaho can beat you in multiple ways. They have three players averaging over 10 points per game with two others chipping in at least nine. Fresno State meanwhile is 7-8 and scoring only 65.1 points per game. They have two players averaging at least 10 points per game with two others chipping in at least eight. Fresno has lost two straight and is coming off a game where they put in only 39 points at home. They are 5-3 at home losing also to Washington State and Pacific. Offensively this team is too inconsistent playing many games in the 50's and 60's. Idaho has won two straight at Fresno and four straight in the series. I like the Vandals to keep it close and potentially win this game outright.

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