UMKC at Grand Canyon - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

UMKC at Grand Canyon  - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

UMKC Roos (16-14) at Grand Canyon Antelopes (13-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm (Orleans Arena)

The Line: UMKC Kangaroos -1.5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas City Kangaroos are set to battle with the Grand Canyon Antelopes.  The Kangaroos are (16-14), coming off a 61-51 win over Utah Valley. The Antelopes are (13-17), after upending Cal State Bakersfield, 64-61.

In the Kangaroos win over Utah Valley, UMKC was led on offense by Brandon McKissic.  McKissic totaled 18 points and 2 rebounds. The Kangaroos connected on 40 percent from the floor and 27 percent from 3-point distance.  UMKC out scored Utah Valley from distance, 18 to 9. The Kangaroos out rebounded Utah Valley, 32 to 31. The Kangaroos led 37 to 28 at the half.

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The Kangaroos have been led this season by McKissic.  McKissic is averaging 11 points and 3 assists per game.  Jordan Giles is contributing 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest.  UMKC is registering 69.8 points, while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor.

In the Antelopes win over Cal State Bakersfield, Grand Canyon was guided throughout the game by Carlos Johnson.  Johnson had a stellar game, finishing with 33 points and 5 rebounds. Grand Canyon connected on 39 percent from the floor and 32 percent from 3-point range. The Antelopes were out rebounded, 43 to 36.  Grand Canyon took advantage of 16 trips to the foul line, knocking down 14 free throws. The Antelopes out scored Cal State Bakersfield from the charity stripe, 14 to 9.  

Alessandro Lever is guiding the Antelopes on the season, totaling 15.7 points and 6 rebounds per game.  Johnson is averaging over 15 points and 5.1 rebounds per contest. Grand Canyon is collecting 70.5 points of offense on average, while converting on 33.3 percent from the floor. 

Recent Betting Trends:

UMKC is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games.

UMKC is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.

The under is 6-3 in UMKC last 9 games.

Grand Canyon is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.

Grand Canyon is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in March.

The over is 9-4 in Grand Canyon’s last 13 games.

The Kangaroos have sprung into this tournament on a roll, winners of 4 straight.  The same can not be said for the Antelopes, as Grand Canyon has 4 of their last 5, but did end the regular season with a win.  UMKC is 2-1 at a neutral site this season, while Grand Canyon is 1-3 in such games. I’ll side with UMKC to cover this small spread, as the Kangaroos have some momentum on their side.  Final score prediction, UMKC will win and cover against the spread, 71-66.   

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Chris’s Pick UMKC Kangaroos -1.5

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