Wichita State Shockers vs. Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Tournament - 3/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (28-8) at Wichita State Shockers (29-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Wichita State Shockers +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks meet instate rival the Wichita State Shockers with the winner heading to the Sweet 16.
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The Kansas Jayhawks weren’t given high marks in 2014-15 but they are out to prove everyone wrong. The Jayhawks took the first step as they crushed WAC champion New Mexico State 75-56 in their NCAA opener. KU was dominant at both ends of the floor in taking a 13 point lead at the halfway point before going in to cruise control the rest of the way. When the final buzzer sounded the Aggies were held to under 36% shooting while the Jayhawks fired away at 54%. Frank Mason III was the lone double digit scorer with 17 points and a contest high nine rebounds. Perry Ellis followed with nine points while Kelly Oubre Jr., Jamari Traylor, Brannen Greene and Devonte Graham each scored eight points. Laden Lucas chipped in with seven points and grabbed nine boards as eleven players scored.
Wichita State had a ‘down’ year by their standards but that’s because they have set the bar sky high. Things can’t be all that bad for the regular season Missouri Valley champions who brought a 28-4 record in to the Big Dance. Make that 29-4 after the Shockers outscored Indiana 81-76 to advance to the Field of 32 on Sunday. Neither team shot the ball well at around 41% with the Hoosiers staying competitive on an 11-22 performance on threes while a 29-34 effort at the line gave the Shockers 12 more free throws. Fred VanFleet saved Wichita State with a game high 27 points on 9-18 from the field with Ron Baker netting 15 points and recording five steals. Zach Brown added eleven points and eight rebounds while Darius Carter and Tekele Cotton followed with eight points apiece with a combined 12 pulls.
The Shockers have been trying to schedule instate rival Kansas for awhile but interestingly the Jayhawks have said they didn’t feel a need to play the Shockers. Ironically both meet with the Sweet 16 on the line and probably with neither having their best team. I don’t see much of a difference but from a personal standpoint I would love to see Wichita State advance. I’ll take the points and hope for more…