Indiana vs. Kansas Prediction and Odds for Saturday, December 17 (Hoosiers Undervalued?)

Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) dunks during the first half of the Indiana versus
Indiana's Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) dunks during the first half of the Indiana versus / Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times / USA TODAY

The Indiana Hoosiers continue their nonconference schedule with another road trip, this time to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the defending National Champions Kansas Jayhawks.

Indiana came up short last week in Las Vegas against another highly touted team in Arizona, and now face one of the toughest road enviornments in the country with another top squad in the Jayhawks. Kansas is off to a 9-1 start, most recently handing Missouri their first loss of the season in their first true road game. Will the Jayhawks knock off a talented 8-2 Hoosiers squad and continue to build a No. 1 seed resume for March?

Let's check out the odds for this battle of historic programs:

Indiana vs. Kansas Odds, Spread and Total

Indiana vs. Kansas Prediction and Pick

I think the market has drifted too far away from the Hoosiers, who are more than capable of staying within a few buckets against Kansas.

This is not the typical Kansas roster construction that we have come to know with Bill Self at the helm as the team doesn't have a traditional big man in the middle, relying more on their athleticism at the three and four to be more aggressive in the gaps. KU is turning opponents over at the 62nd highest clip this season.

However, Indiana has a veteran ball handler in Xavier Johnson and plays in the post with Trayce Jackson-Davis, which can give Kansas problems on the inside. The Hoosiers are 15th in two-point percentage this season (58%) and can attack the undersized KU frontcourt.

Kansas will be able to get shots up from three with the likes of Gradey Dick hanging around the perimeter as Indiana plays drop coverage on pick and roll's, but the Jayhawks don't really have isolation threats that win off the bounce. The Jayhawks are due for quite a bit of three-point regression, per ShotQuality, as the profiles more like a 7-3 team than a 9-1 unit, so they may be a little overvalued in front of the always raucous Allen Fieldhouse.

After losing by double digits to Arizona on a neutral court last week, this number is a bit too rich for me, so I'll bank on the Hoosiers interior offense to stay within shouting distance of the Jayhawks on the road.

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