Seton Hall vs. Kansas Odds, Picks | Thursday NCAAB Betting Guide
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- Kansas takes Seton Hall on Thursday night as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle.
- The Pirates are coming off of a disappointing showing at the ESPN Events Invitational, as they lost to Siena as a double-digit favorite.
- Will the Pirates keep this close? Or should we target the total? Dive in now.f
Seton Hall vs. Kansas Odds
Seton Hall will travel to Allen Fieldhouse on Thursday night to take on Kansas as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle.
Seton Hall is looking to get its season back on track after being held to 64 and 55 points in back-to-back losses to Oklahoma and Siena.
Kansas was able to bounce back after its 64-50 loss to Tennessee in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game by thrashing Texas Southern, 87-55, on Monday.
Albeit against low-level competition, that 87-point performance was much needed for a Jayhawks team that was held under 70 points in its final two games in Atlantis.
Similarly, Seton Hall has struggled on the offensive end all season long. The Pirates have a turnover rate of 22.4% (312th nationally), which has found them ranked outside the top 200 in effective FG%.
The offensive unit that can find the most consistent success in this matchup will have the upperhand.
Shaheen Holloway’s first year at Seton Hall has gotten off to a rocky start.
This start was summarized in the Pirates’ ugly 60-50 loss to Siena.
Seton Hall is an experienced team (30th nationally in D-I experience), but has struggled to jell on both ends of the floor.
Along with the addition of Holloway, the Pirates added three key players via the transfer portal over the offseason — Al-Amir Dawes (Clemson), KC Ndefo (Saint Peter’s) and Femi Odukale (Pittsburgh) — and all have played significant minutes.
Although they have all contributed, this group of transfers and returnees has yet to find consistent offensive success.
The Pirates rank outside the top 200 in a plethora of key offensive categories, including effective FG%, Turnover%, 2P% and most notably, FT%.
The low free-throw percentage (69.1%) has been an Achilles heel for a Pirates team that relies on free throws for over 26% of its total points (8th nationally). Additionally, Kansas is only allowing teams to get 17.6% of their total points at the charity stripe.
Seton Hall comes into Allen Fieldhouse with an offense searching for answers.
After rattling off six straight wins to start the season, Kansas was given a wake up call when Rick Barnes and Tennessee held it to 50 points in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game.
The Jayhawks’ small-ball lineup had no answer on either end for Tennessee’s frontcourt and lost the rebounding battle, 45-27.
Kansas has found success inside the arc this season and is getting 55.3% of its total points from 2-pointers.
Teams that are able to guard the interior will force Kansas to beat them from deep, where the Jayhawks have shot 35.2% through eight games (114th nationally).
Although Seton Hall hasn’t had the most success defending the interior (54.1% of its total points allowed), the Pirates have forced teams to beat them at the free-throw line.
Seton Hall has forced teams to get 22.8% of their total points from the free-throw line.
This is a bad recipe for a Kansas team that ranks 328th nationally in FT% (62.3%).
Seton Hall vs. Kansas Betting Pick
This is a matchup of a Seton Hall offense that is still finding its identity, and a Kansas offense that has struggled with consistency.
Both Kansas and Seton Hall rank inside the top-40 in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency. Even given their struggles on offense, these teams have shown competence on the defensive end.
Look for Seton Hall to force Kansas into difficult shots and more trips to the line than it would like. Similarly, Bill Self’s fundamental defense will be able to exploit a Seton Hall unit still trying to find cohesiveness.
Play the under between two teams using the Big East-Big 12 Battle to build momentum.
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