St John's Red Storm

  • The Kansas Jayhawks have (-110) odds to cover the 7.0-point spread against the St. John’s Red Storm.
  • It’s possible the betting line doesn’t accurately represent the difference in talent between these two teams.

ELMONT, N.Y. – The Kansas Jayhawks will travel to play the St. John’s Red Storm on Friday night in a game where the spread seems almost too good to be true.

Kansas Is Simply The Better Team

Looking at the Kansas Jayhawks at face value, it’s easy to find issues with the team. They lost to Dayton, allowed 83 points to Iona and are just 2-4 against the spread despite being 5-1 overall. However, legal sports betting sites are doing too much in making them such small favorites against the St. John’s Red Storm.

Kansas vs St. John’s Spread

  • Kansas Jayhawks -7.0 -110
  • St. John’s Red Storm +7.0 -110

Kansas is the No. 8 team in the country, and for a good reason. They’re one of the most talented rosters in college basketball and despite a few rough games, are still much better than St. John’s. The Jayhawks have the fourth-highest field goal percentage in the NCAA while St. John’s ranks 122nd in field goal percentage against.

The Jayhawks are also 10th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70) which should help neutralize one of the Red Storm’s biggest strengths, their 16th-ranked defense at forcing turnovers.

Jayhawks Match Up Well Against St. John’s

On both sides of the ball, Kansas matches up well against St. John’s. The Red Storm get a lot of their production from one player, Julian Champagnie. He’s averaging 21.3 points per game but has been struggling as of late. He’s just 2-for-15 from three in his last three games and is shooting just 39.3% from the field overall in the same span.

Kansas has a few longer players quick enough to defend Champagnie like Jalen Wilson and Christian Braun. Those betting on college basketball should note that while Kansas has “struggled” the team has still won all of their games by at least seven points. When they win, they win big and as a top 10 team in the country, expect this team to win a lot.

FS1 will have coverage of this game starting at 7 p.m. EST.

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