Although there is quite a gap in the top 25 between the Kansas Jayhawks and Villanova Wildcats, Saturday’s contest should be a lot closer than the rankings indicate.
The Jayhawks are ranked 1st in the nation, owning a 9-1 record. Meanwhile, the Wildcats are ranked 18th in the polls. I can see why the Wildcats have fallen to as low as 23rd so early in the season. This season, the Wildcats have not managed to defeat a ranked opponent. Their two losses have come against Ohio State and Baylor. As for the Jayhawks, their one loss came against Duke to open the season. Since then, Kansas has won 9 straight contests.
Online bookmaker BetOnline has the O/U for total points set at 147.
To win this afternoon, the Wildcats will need to defend one of the top offenses in the nation. The Jayhawks are scoring 84.6 points per game, which is good for 7th in the NCAA. To be fair to the Wildcats, their offense is solid as well. Villanova averages 80.4 points per game, but that is ranked 32nd in the NCAA.
Saddiq Bey is the leading scorer for the Wildcats. The former All-Freshmen averages 16.3 points per game, virtually doubling his offensive production (on average) from last season to the present day.
Devon Dotson is the quarterback of the Jayhawks’ offense. Dotson is scoring nearly 20 points per game and is a former Big 12 All-Freshmen as well.
Kansas looks to hold onto their number one rank entering the Holidays, while the Wildcats want an early gift from Santa today.