Kansas vs Colorado Prediction: Can Colorado Pull Out an Upset At Home?

Can Colorado pull out an upset over Kansas? Find out from our college basketball guy, Jason Radowitz.
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Tue, December 21, 2:00 PM EST | 4 min read
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Kansas vs Colorado Prediction: Can Colorado Pull Out an Upset At Home?

The Kansas Jayhawks are 9-1 on the year with a fluke loss to Dayton earlier this year, 74-73. However, Kansas hasn’t played a true road game this season. Tonight, that changes, as the Jayhawks head to Colorado to take on the Colorado Buffaloes.

 Colorado has already faced two top 10 teams in UCLA and Tennessee and lost both by double-digits. Now they’ll take on a third top 10 opponent in Kansas. With the spread sitting at -10.5, will Kansas be the third top-10 team to beat Colorado by double digits?

 Here are our picks and predictions for the non-conference game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Colorado Buffaloes.

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Kansas vs Colorado Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

Date: Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Game Time: 9:00 p.m. ET

Where To Watch: ESPN2

CLICK HERE FOR KANSAS VS COLORADO ODDS

INJURY REPORT

Kansas:  

 Out: G Bob Pettiford (Abdominal)

 Colorado:

 Questionable: F Jabari Walker (Head)

 Out: G Javon Ruffin (Knee)

 Kansas Jayhawks vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction

The Kansas Jayhawks were one shot away from still being undefeated. To be fair, Kansas hasn’t played the hardest schedule to start the season, but with wins against Michigan State and St. John’s, Kansas has looked like a top 10 team to start the season.

Colorado shouldn’t be the hardest of tests, however, Kansas hasn’t played a road game all season and will finally get one tonight. It’s never easy playing in a Pac-12 arena and there has to be some caution moving forward here.

Kansas is shooting an effective field goal percentage of 58.2 percent while turning the ball over just 16.1 percent of the time. The Jayhawks are also dominating the offensive glass by bringing down 36.2 percent offensive rebounds.

With Kansas shooting 37.6 percent from three and 59.1 percent from inside, it’s been extremely hard to stop this offense.

Meanwhile, Colorado has held opponents to a 47.4 percent effective field goal percentage while holding teams to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.4 percent. If Colorado is able to keep Kansas off the glass, the Buffaloes will have a chance.

However, Colorado isn’t the best at defending shots, allowing teams to shoot 32 percent from long range and 46.9 percent from inside the arc. Trying to hold Kansas below those numbers is extremely difficult.

On the other hand, Colorado is getting to the line at a supreme rate to start the season. However, the Buffaloes are shooting just 30.8 percent from long range and 51.1 percent from inside. There are ways to beat Kansas inside, as Kansas has allowed opponents to shoot 50.4 percent from inside the arc.

Still, I’m not so sure the Colorado offense is capable. They’re going to do whatever they can to get to the line, and at home, they might get calls. Ultimately, Colorado can win plenty of second chances on the glass, knowing that Kansas has been average on the defensive end on the boards. The Buffaloes are bringing down 32.2 percent offensive rebounds.

In a power-five match-up, I don’t mind taking the home team with the points. This is Kansas’ first road game of the season and they’re getting 10.5 points. That’s just too many.

 Kansas Jayhawks vs Colorado Buffaloes Pick

  • Colorado Buffaloes +10.5 (-110)

Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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