Two of college basketball’s winningest programs will meet at Assembly Hall this afternoon as the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks head to Bloomington to meet the Indiana Hoosiers. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET and the game will air on CBS.
Kansas (9-1) is back in action for the first time since last Saturday, where it took down Border War rival Missouri in a 73-64 victory. The Jayhawks took the lead late in the first half and never looked back, dominating the Tigers on the boards and scoring most of their points in the pant. The Jayhawks have rattled off five straight wins since its loss to Marquette at the Maui Invitational and four of them have come within single digits.
Indiana (7-2, 2-0 Big Ten) have had a week to stew on last Saturday’s 102-76 blowout loss against Auburn at Holiday Hoopsgiving in Atlanta. The Hoosiers were actually up by 12 in the first half before the Tigers broke off a 32-6 run to take complete control of the neutral site contest. IU was not able to catch back up as its four-game win streak was snapped.
According to KenPom, this game will be a showcase of length and wingspan as these are two of the tallest teams in the country with an average team height of around 6’7”. However, Kansas enters this matchup holding distinct statistical advantages on both sides of the court. The Jayhawks’ effective field goal percentage is 58% on offense and are holding opponents to just 44.1% on defense. They have the sixth ranked defense in adjusted efficiency, meaning that it could be a struggle for the Hoosiers to get into a rhythm from possession to possession.
What this game means for Kansas
KU is rolling through its non-conference schedule and this would be an opportunity for it to boost its resume with a Quad 2 victory. This is the Jayhawks’ first true road game of the season, so this is a contest that should help prepare them for the rigors of Big 12 play in the coming weeks.
What this game means for Indiana
Even with a 7-2 record, IU has been somewhat underwhelming early in the season and has been totally outclassed when taking the floor against elite teams in UConn and Auburn. That’s not to say that the Hoosiers can’t improve as the season progresses, but how they perform at home here should let us know whether or not to take them seriously as a top level team in the Big Ten moving forward.
Kansas vs. Indiana Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Kansas -7.5
Moneyline: Kansas -310, Indiana +250