Kansas Jayhawks vs. Villanova Wildcats - 3/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Villanova Wildcats (32-5) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (33-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm (KFC Yum! Center)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -2.5 -- See the Latest Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks will play the Villanova Wildcats in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
The Villanova Wildcats are 32-5 (16-2) and are the #2 seed in the South Region. Villanova is coming off of wins against UNC Asheville by score of 86-56, Iowa by a score of 87-68, and Miami by a score of 92-69. Kris Jenkins led Villanova with 21 points and 9 rebounds against Miami. Villanova out rebounded Miami by a total of 27-17 and added 17 assists in their victory. Villanova has won 8 of their last 9 games, with their only loss coming against Seton Hall in the Big East Championship Game. Villanova is averaging 77.9 points per game while giving up 63.8 points per game. Villanova is also averaging 35.2 rebounds per game and 16.5 assists per game. Josh Hart is averaging 15.4 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game for Villanova. Kris Jenkins is averaging 13.3 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. Villanova is shooting 77.5% on free throws, 35.1% on three-pointers, and 47.4% on all field goal attempts.
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The Kansas Jayhawks are 33-4 (15-3) and are the #1 seed in the South Region. Kansas is coming off of wins against Austin Peay by a score of 105-79, Connecticut by a score of 73-61, and Maryland by a score of 79-63. Perry Ellis led Kansas with 27 points and 5 rebounds against Maryland. Kansas out rebounded Maryland by a total of 43-28 and added 14 assists in their victory. Kansas has won 17 games in a row, including the Big 12 Championship Game against West Virginia. Kansas is averaging 81.9 points per game while giving up 67.7 points per game. Kansas is also averaging 38.1 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game. Perry Ellis is averaging 16.9 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game for Kansas. Wayne Selden Jr. is averaging 13.6 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Jayhawks. Kansas is shooting 71% on free throws, 42.3% on three-pointers, and 49.6% on all field goal attempts.
Villanova is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big 12. The over is 10-2 in Villanova’s last 12 games. Kansas is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 non-conference games for Kansas.
This is going to be an absolutely fantastic basketball game that I think could go either way. Both teams come into this game playing very strong basketball and will be looking to make the Final Four. Kansas is the slightly higher scoring team, while Villanova is the better defensive team. Kansas is the better rebounding team and also has the shooting advantage in this game. Kansas hasn’t lost in their last 17 games and I am going with them here.