Last Updated: 2017-03-24
The Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament Midwest region is in front of us as the No. 1 seeded Jayhawks and the No. 3 seeded Ducks square it off in Kansas City. Kansas defeated Purdue in the Sweet 16 round with 98-66, while Oregon emerged victorious against Michigan, 69-68. Game tip-off is scheduled for Saturday, 08:49 PM ET.
Line: Kansas Jayhawks -6.5
Total: 156.5 points
The Jayhawks advance to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight round for the second year in a row
After ending their Conference Tournament play with the quarterfinal loss against TCU, the Jayhawks (31-4) are looking rejuvenated in the NCAA Tournament so far with three consecutive victories. They are just the sixth team in the history of the tournament to win its first three games of the NCAA play by 20 points or more as UC Davis, Michigan State and Purdue all got outscored big time. They are also the first team since the 1995 UConn team to score 90-plus points in each of its first three games of the tournament. Against the Boilermakers, the Jayhawks stuffed 15 treys, new team record for most in an NCAA tournament game, passing the previous record of 13 made three-pointers against Niagara in 2007. National Player of the Year favorite, Frank Mason III led the team with 26 points, seven assists and seven rebounds while Devonte’ Graham also added 26 points along with two assists. Freshman forward Josh Jackson contributed with 18 points and 12 rebounds while Svi Mykhailiuk and Lagerald Vick added 10 and 12 points.
Senior guard Frank Mason III leads the team in scoring this season with 20.9 points per contest. He also tops the passing segment with 5.2 assists while adding solid 4.2 boards. Josh Jackson scores 16.5 points while Devonte’ Graham averages 13.7 points per game. Notable contributors are also Svetoslav Mykhailiuk with 9.7 and Landen Lucas with 7.9 points. Lucas tops the team in rebounding with 8.4 boards per match.
Place: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Date/Time: Saturday, March 25th, 2017 08:49 PM ET
TV Coverage: TBS
The Ducks won 33 games this season, most in school history
The Oregon Ducks finished the regular season as the Champions of the Pac 12 conference with 16-2 record but on the conference tournament they were stopped in the Championship game by Arizona, 80-83. No. 3 seeded team in the NCAA Tournament then recorded three wins in a row over Iona, Rhode Island and Michigan to advance into the Elite Eight round for the second consecutive season. In a narrow victory over the Wolverines, Tyler Dorsey led the team with 20 points, three rebounds and two assists while Jordan Bell recorded a strong double-double performance with 16 points and 13 rebounds (four offensive boards). Dillon Brooks and Dylan Ennis scored 12 and 10 points with Brooks topping the team in passing segment with five assists. Casey Benson provided some help from the bench with five points and three rebounds in 24 minutes on the floor.
Junior forward Dillon Brooks leads the Ducks in scoring this year with 16.3 points accompanied with 3.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steal per game. Tyler Dorsey averages 14.1 points while Chris Boucher gets 11.8 points per contest. Jordan Bell tops the team in rebounding with 8.5 in average while adding 10.9 points. Team’s leading passer is Payton Pritchard with 3.7 assists per match.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Oregon Ducks Game Trends & Prediction
The Kansas Jayhawks are 15-17-1 ATS total, 9-11 at home and 6-6-1 away. They are 13-16 against the Over/Under total, 10-6 at home and 3-10 away. The Jayhawks are 7-3 ATS and 7-3 against the Over/Under in last 10 overall games. They are 3-0 ATS and 3-0 against the Over/Under in the NCAA final tournament.
On the other side, the Ducks are 14-16 total against the Over/Under, 8-11 at home and 6-5 away. They are 21-15 total ATS, 14-11 at home and 7-4 away. The Ducks are 4-6 ATS and 8-2 against the Over/Under in their last 10 overall games. They are 1-2 ATS and 2-1 against Over/Under in conference tournament and first and second round of NCAA play.
The Jayhawks score 83.9 ppg and allow 71.8 ppg this season while the Ducks score 79.1 ppg and allow 65.6 ppg.
The Jayhawks will be without Udoka Azubuike (Wrist) who is out for the remainder of the season. The Ducks will play without Chris Boucher (Knee) and M.J. Cage who are both also out for the remainder of the season due to an injury.
The Ducks are the underdogs in this one but the underdogs don’t always lose. Nevertheless I will give the advantage to the Jayhawks. Also, this could be one of those high-scoring performances on both sides, as both teams like to run and gun, so I will go with the over!!!
My Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -6.5
Total: Over 156.5 points