The 2022 Battle 4 Atlantis continues with a highly-anticipated Thanksgiving Day matchup. The Wisconsin Badgers take on the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks in one of the semifinal contests of the tournament. Wisconsin is 4-0 overall, including wins over Dayton and Stanford. Kansas is 5-0 with a win over Duke and a victory over NC State on Wednesday.
Caesars Sportsbook lists Kansas as a 7-point favorite for this 11 a.m. ET tip. The total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, or the over/under, is 129 in the latest Kansas vs. Wisconsin odds. Before making any Wisconsin vs. Kansas picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Kansas vs. Wisconsin and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Wisconsin vs. Kansas:
- Kansas vs. Wisconsin spread: Kansas -7
- Kansas vs. Wisconsin over/under: 129 points
- Kansas vs. Wisconsin money line: Kansas -330, Wisconsin +260
- Kansas: The Jayhawks are 1-4 against the spread this season
- Wisconsin: The Badgers are 3-1 against the spread this season
- Kansas vs. Wisconsin picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Kansas can cover
The Jayhawks are flying high with an unbeaten record to begin their national title defense. Kansas has notable offensive strengths, including top-tier talents in Jalen Wilson and Gradey Dick, but the Jayhawks are also elite on defense. Kansas ranks in the top 10 of the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, and the Jayhawks have a sterling 15.3% block rate. Opponents are shooting only 43.8% on 2-point attempts and 27.4% on 3-point attempts against Kansas, and the Jayhawks are above-average in preventing free throw attempts.
Kansas is also facing a scuffling Wisconsin offense that sometimes has issues generating points. The Badgers are shooting only 36.6% on attempts inside the arc, ranking in the bottom 10 of the country, and 12.7% of Wisconsin's shot attempts have been blocked this season. Wisconsin is also below-average on the offensive glass, allowing Kansas to close possessions and kickstart its offense in transition.
Why Wisconsin can cover
Wisconsin's defense is incredibly impressive. The Badgers are allowing only 49 points per game and, even with a slow pace, Wisconsin is in the top ten of the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. Opponents are shooting only 12.5% from 3-point range, the worst mark in the country, and Wisconsin is in the top five of the nation in shooting efficiency allowed.
The Badgers also grab an elite rate of defensive rebounds at 79.3%, and Wisconsin has a 20.1% turnover creation rate and a 12.7% steal rate. Kansas is outside the top 300 of the country in free throw rate and free throw accuracy (63.6%) on offense, and Wisconsin is much better at the line, making 75.7% of attempts. The Badgers are also making 33.7% of 3-point attempts and committing a turnover on only 16.6% of offensive possessions.
How to make Wisconsin vs. Kansas picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 137 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits over 50% of the time. You can see the picks here.
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