The Sweet 16 round of NCAA Tournament Midwest region is in front of us as the No. 1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks and No. 4 seeded Purdue Boilermakers square it off at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Kansas defeated Michigan State in the second round with 90-70 to advance into the Sweet 16 Round, while Purdue emerged victorious against Iowa State, outscoring them with 80-76. The Kansas vs. Purdue game tip-off is scheduled for Thursday, 09:39 PM ET.
Line: Kansas Jayhawks -5
Total: 156.5 points
The Jayhawks advance to the NCAA Regional Semifinals for the 30th time in program history
The Kansas Jayhawks ended the regular season schedule with eight consecutive wins and a 16-2 conference record (30-4 overall) for the top spot in Big 12 only to end the conference tournament in their first game with a loss against TCU, 82-85. The upset defeat was quickly shrugged off with a win in the first round of the Big Dance over UC Davis, 100-62, and a victory in the second round over the Spartans, 90-70. They are now 6-7 against Michigan State and 2-1 in the Tournament play with two consecutive victories. Interesting fact is that the Big 12 conference has three teams in the Sweet Sixteen as Baylor and West Virginia also qualified. Josh Jackson led the team against the Spartans with 23 points and three rebounds while Frank Mason III added 20 points and team-high five assists. Two more Jayhawks scored in double-figures as Devonte’ Graham and Landen Lucas added 18 and 10. Lagerald Vick made a solid contribution from the bench with seven points and five rebounds.
Senior guard Frank Mason III leads the team in scoring this season with 20.8 points per game. He also tops the passing segment with 5.2 assists while adding solid 4.1 boards. Josh Jackson scores 16.6 points while Devonte’ Graham averages 13.3 points per contest. Notable contributors are also Svetoslav Mykhailiuk with 9.7 and Landen Lucas with 8.1 points. Lucas tops the team in rebounding with 8.6 boards per matchup.
Place: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri
Date/Time: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 09:39 PM ET
TV Coverage: CBS
The Boilermakers are 6-1 on neutral court this season
Similar to the Jayhawks, the Boilermakers ended the regular season schedule ranked first in the conference (14-4, 27-7 overall) only to end the Big Ten tournament in their first game with the quarterfinal overtime loss to Michigan, 70-74. In the NCAA Tournament they defeated Vermont, 80-70 in the first round and Iowa State, 80-76 in second round to advance to the regional semifinals. Vincent Edwards and Caleb Swanigan led the team in a victory over the Cyclones. Both recorded double-double performances as Edwards scored 21 points and collected 10 boards while Swanigan scored 20 points and collected team-high 12 boards. Swanigan also recorded seven assists. Isaac Haas contributed greatly with 14 points in only 15 minutes from the bench while Dakota Mathis added eight points and matched Swanigan’s seven assists.
Caleb Swanigan leads the team across the board this year with 18.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a team-high 32.5 minutes on the floor per game. Vince Edwards averages 12.7 points while Isaac Haas gets 12.6 points per contest. They also collect 5.0 and 5.1 boards. Other solid contributors are Carsen Edwards with 10.4 and Dakota Mathias with 9.9 points while Mathias also tops the team in passing with 3.7 assists per matchup.
Kansas Jayhawks vs. Purdue Boilermakers Game Trends & Prediction
The Kansas Jayhawks are 14-17 ATS overall, 8-11 at home and 6-6 away. They are 13-16 against the Over/Under, 10-6 at home and 3-10 away. The Jayhawks are 6-4 ATS and 7-3 against the Over/Under in their last 10 overall games. They are 1-2 ATS and 3-0 against the Over/Under in the conference tournament and in the first and second round of NCAA play.
On the other side, the Boilermakers are 15-12 against the Over/Under, 8-7 at home and 7-5 away. They are 19-11 ATS overall, 14-4 at home and 5-7 away. The Boilermakers are 6-3-1 ATS and 6-4 against the Over/Under in the last 10 overall games. They are 2-1 ATS and 3-0 against Over/Under in the conference tournament and first and second round of NCAA play.
The Jayhawks score 83.4 ppg and allow 72.0 ppg this season while the Boilermakers score 80.1 ppg and allow 67.5 ppg.
The Jayhawks will be without Udoka Azubuike (Wrist) who is out for the remainder of the season. The Boilermakers will play without Jacquil Taylor (Ankle) who is also out for the remainder of the season due to an injury.
The last meeting between these two teams happened in 2012 when Kansas narrowly outscored Purdue, 63-60 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Similar story could be at the place again as the slight advantage goes to the Jayhawks team having in mind the rankings but it’s far from certain. Tough game with not many points is my prediction.