Kansas Jayhawks vs. Stanford Cardinal - 3/23/14 South Region
Stanford Cardinal (22-12) at Kansas Jayhawks (25-9)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12:15 pm (Scottrade Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -6 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds
The Stanford Cardinal and Kansas Jayhawks will play in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.
Stanford won its first tournament game with a somewhat surprising 58-53 win over the New Mexico Lobos. Stanford held an explosive New Mexico offense to 36.5 percent shooting from the field and just 4-21 from three. On the season, the Cardinal average 73.1 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allow 68.2 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Stanford is led by junior guard Chasson Randle, who averages 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. The Cardinal shoot 70.3 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Stanford Cardinal are 18-12-2 ATS overall.
Kansas had issues with Eastern Kentucky, but still went on to win 80-69. The Jayhawks shot 60.4 percent from the field in the win and won the rebounding margin 43-19. On the season, Kansas averages 79.6 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allows 70.4 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Kansas is one of the better rebounding teams in the country at 38.8 boards per game and is led by freshman guard Andrew Wiggins, who averages 17.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Kansas shoots 71 percent from the free throw line and 34.1 percent from three. The Kansas Jayhawks are 16-17-1 ATS overall.
The Cardinal are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jayhawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games.
I like Stanford to keep this game close. The Cardinal are an experienced bunch that plays great defense, which is the combination that has rattled this young Kansas team in the past.
The Jayhawks are a shaky team without Joel Embiid on the floor, and I think the Cardinal have enough players to keep this game close, if not win it SU.
Kansas is simply an overrated basketball team right now.