The Nevada Wolfpack head to Allen Fieldhouse tonight to take on the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks in non-conference action. The Wolfpack had a tough start to the season going 1-4 to start their season, but have gone 5-0 since then.
The Jayhawks are also on a five-game tear after a win over the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at home before Christmas. While they managed to win, the game was a lot closer than many expected. Kansas closed as a 23.5-point favorite, but won the game by a final score of 80-72.
Will tonight be the game Kansas gets back on track or will they fail to cover for the second game in a row?
Here are the odds for this matchup, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.
Nevada vs. Kansas Odds, Spread and Total
- Nevada +16.5 (-110)
- Kansas -16.5 (-110)
- Nevada +1000
- Kansas -2000
Total: 155 (Over -110/Under -110)
Nevada vs. Kansas and Pick
This will be a big test for the 6-4 Wolfpack against one of the best teams in the nation. After Kansas’ close call against Stephen F. Austin, Nevada has to feel good about its chances at an upset win. To do so, they will need a big game from Junior guard Grant Sherfield, who is averaging 20 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists.
In his last game, Sherfield was on the court for 37 minutes and scored 24 points with two rebounds and four assists. This is a good sign for a Wolfpack team that has struggled on defense and needs all the points on offense they can get. Nevada is allowing 74.4 points per game but held Loyola Marymount to just 63 points and 37.5 percent from the field in their last game.
While Nevada’s offense is putting in work, they are going to have a tough time hanging with Kansas. The Jayhawks are averaging 85.8 points per game overall and 87.2 PPG at the Allen Fieldhouse. The team is led by Ochai Agbaji who is averaging 22 points per game and is the driving force behind the entire offense.
While Kansas’ last game likely provided Nevada hope as an underdog, I think those dreams will be quickly dashed tonight. For starters, the Wolfpack took this game on short notice after Kansas’ game against Colorado was canceled. Now they have to march into the Allen Fieldhouse and try to beat the sixth-ranked team in the nation at home. The Jayhawks do need to tighten things up on defense, but I think they rebound from a near-miss and beat up on Nevada tonight.
Pick: Kansas -16.5 (-110)