Kansas College Basketball Odds Vs. Marquette: Will Jayhawks Cover In Maui Invitational?

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
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Among the highly anticipated Maui Invitational semifinals tonight, No. 1 Kansas is a favorite versus No. 4 Marquette at the Maui Invitational. The Golden Eagles are to win straight up, with a total of . Will the Jayhawks cover this big non-conference game? Let’s dissect Kansas basketball odds vs. Marquette, including key metrics and matchups to hone in on.

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Golden Eagles’ Biggest Flaw(s)

Led by Tyler Kolek, the first-team All-American point guard, Marquette possesses arguably the most explosive offense in Division I. Shaka Smart’s defense relies on its ball pressure at the other end, sparking its second-half comeback against UCLA in the thrilling finale of the Maui Invitational quarterfinals. It’s more vulnerable against the opposition when it struggles to generate turnovers, especially after losing Olivier-Maxence Prosper, its Swiss army-knife defender in 2022-23.

In particular, the Golden Eagles have yielded a subpar 0.99 PPP on spot-up jumpers this season. Enter the Jayhawks, which have excelled in that department while limiting their offensive miscues. Granted, they’re just four games in, but Kansas wing Kevin McCullar has made a significant jump with his shooting efficiency. He and the other Jayhawks marksmen are set up to take advantage in half-court sets.

I’m also skeptical that Marquette center Oso Ighodaro can consistently stymie the 7-foot-2 Hunter Dickinson. Ighodaro was a relatively sound post-up defender last season, yet UCLA made a concerted effort to utilize Adem Bona on the block against him. Bona wasn’t ultra-efficient overall, but he manufactured a critical layup against Ighodaro with less than a minute left. Conversely, the Michigan transfer has tallied an absurd 1.50 PPP on post-up looks thus far.

Meanwhile, turnovers have represented Kolek’s most glaring bugaboo thus far. The Golden Eagles haven’t been as effective with pick-and-roll action as a result. Expect Kansas ballhawk Dajaun Harris to pester Kolek throughout.

Final Thoughts

Given that there’s been steam on Kansas after opening as a three-point favorite, consider live betting on the Jayhawks if you’re interested in that side. View my top-25 college basketball power rankings for more insight. Good luck with betting on Kansas basketball odds.

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