Harvard vs Kansas Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 22 (Jayhawks' Stout Defense Leads to Low-Scoring Affair)

Devon Platana
Harvard vs Kansas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Harvard vs Kansas prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Harvard vs Kansas Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Harvard Crimson (8-4, 4-1 Away) vs. No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks (10-1, 6-0 Home)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: Allen Fieldhouse — Lawrence, KS
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 22, including an Ivy League-Big 12 clash between the Harvard Crimson and No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks.

Harvard looks to get the ball rolling after walking out with a 62-57 victory over UC Irvine on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Kansas aims to win its fifth straight game after extending its winning streak to four with an 84-62 effort against Indiana over the weekend.

Can Harvard keep up its solid play on the road? Or will ranked Kansas be too much of a challenge for the visiting Crimson?

Harvard vs Kansas Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: HARV: (+2000) | KU: (-7000)
Spread: HARV:+21.5 (-110) | KU: -21.5 (-110)
Total: 138.5 - Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Kansas enters this contest as the heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 138.5 points, which is about average compared to Thursday's projected totals.

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Harvard vs Kansas Prediction

Kansas has been dominant to start the campaign — especially when it comes to playing at Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks average 85.8 points on 52.2% shooting with a plus-22.3 scoring margin on home court. Furthermore, they've also won each of their last 10 home games dating back to the 2021-22 campaign.

The Jayhawks also have the advantage in the paint, averaging 39.5 rebounds at home compared to Harvard's 31.5 on the road. Considering how the Crimson are shooting just 39.2% from the field over their last three games, it's safe to say that their inability to collect their missed shots will hurt them tonight.

And even though Harvard has won four of five road games thus far, those victories came against lesser opponents. The Crimson will have a much tougher time against a top-25 program that has only lost one of its last 20 games.

Back Kansas winning tonight without breaking much of a sweat.

Final Score Prediction: Kansas: 76 | Harvard: 61

Harvard vs Kansas Betting Trends

- Harvard is 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in its last eight games in December.
- Kansas is 16-0 straight up in its last 16 games in December.
- The total has hit the under in each of Harvard's last seven games.
- The total has hit the under in each of Kansas' last five games against the Ivy League.

Harvard vs Kansas Best Bet

I don't anticipate a huge final score tonight. Both teams involved possess solid defenses, allowing a combined 128.8 PPG. On top of that, the total has gone under in each of Harvard's last seven games, as well as in Kansas' last five against Ivy League competition.

Taking into account how good Kansas' defense is and the likelihood of Havard's offense getting shut down, I'm even more inclined to back the under on tonight's total.

Bet: Under 138.5 Points (-105)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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