Kansas vs. Wichita State - 3/22/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (29-4) at Kansas Jayhawks (27-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 5:15 pm (CenturyLink Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 See the Latest Odds
The Wichita State Shockers and Kansas Jayhawks play Sunday in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wichita State Shockers have lost once since February and are coming off a win over Indiana. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 69 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 56.4 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 15 points and 4.5 rebounds while Fred VanVleet is averaging 13.1 points and 5.3 assists. Darius Carter is the third double-digit scorer and Tekele Cotton is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging at least 9.6 points, and they’re shooting 69.6 percent from the line and 35.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in 10 of its last 11 games.
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The Kansas Jayhawks have won five of their last seven and are coming off a win over New Mexico State. On the season, Kansas is averaging 71.3 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 64.4 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Perry Ellis is averaging 13.7 points and 6.8 rebounds while Frank Mason III is averaging 12.5 points and four assists. Wayne Selden Jr. is dishing 2.7 assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks have four players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 72.2 percent from the line and 38.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in six of its last 11 games.
The Shockers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. The Jayhawks are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games.
Wichita State has been trying to schedule this game for years, as the Shockers want to prove that they belong in the same convo as the mighty Jayhawks. When you add in the fact Kansas isn't the same Kansas we're used to seeing, I really like the Shockers to get this thing done.