Basketball Pick: Stanford vs Kansas
- Updated: March 23, 2014
Date/Time: March 23, 2014, 12:15 p.m. EST
College Basketball Betting Odds from Bovada
The Madness has begun in March as many of the top rated college basketball teams are falling by the wayside as upstart underdogs are attempting to advance in the brackets. On Sunday more big names will go down, but who will it be? The Stanford Cardinal are hoping that the Kansas Jayhawks will be the next big seed to go down.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball odds for this game opened up with the Jayhawks listed as (-6) point favorites. The Jayhawks will get most of the early betting action as they are considered one of the few favorites that could cut down the nets in April as national champions.
The Cardinal will have their hands full in this game, but they played great basketball in their opening game. Stanford made the most of its first NCAA appearance since 2008, starting fast and finishing strong. Chasson Randle scored 23 points for 10th-seeded Stanford (22-12), which built an early 16-point lead then held on after New Mexico rallied to tie it midway through the second half. They got four crucial free throws from reserve walk-on Robbie Lemons and Randle in the final half-minute after New Mexico had cut the deficit to two points. That kind of gutty play will make the Cardinal a very formidable opponent for the Jayhawks.
Kansas will not be at full strength for this game, but will still have plenty of talent on the floor for this big game.
The latest 2014 NCAA Tournament college basketball betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have several negative wagering angles coming into this game. The Cardinal are 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last 7 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games when they go up against a team with a winning straight up record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games. The Jayhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games when playing against a team with a winning straight up record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
All of those negative trends may not look good, but it should be noted that the Cardinal are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Cardinal play very disciplined basketball and will be ready to play a tough game and pull off the upset against Kansas.
Free Pick: Stanford Cardinal +6