Pennsylvania vs. Kansas - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pennsylvania Quakers (24-8) at Kansas Jayhawks (27-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Intrust Bank Arena)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -13.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
The Penn Quakers and Kansas Jayhawks meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament at the Intrust Bank Arena.
The Penn Quakers have won seven of their last eight games and are fresh off winning the Ivy League Championship. The Penn Quakers are averaging 75.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Ryan Betley is averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while AJ Brodeur is averaging 13.1 points and 2.5 assists. Darnell Foreman is the third double-digit scorer and Antonio Woods is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Penn Quakers are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The Penn Quakers are allowing 29.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Penn Quakers have won three straight neutral site games.
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The Kansas Jayhawks have won 16 of their last 20 games and are fresh off winning the Big 12 Championship. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 81.5 points on 49.8 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Devonte' Graham is averaging 17.3 points and 7.5 assists while Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk is averaging 15.1 points and four rebounds. Udoka Azubuike is the third double-digit scorer and Lagerald Vick is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The Kansas Jayhawks are 6-0 SU this season on neutral sites.
The Quakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Jayhawks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 non-conference games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 5-1-1 in Jayhawks last 7 overall and over is 4-1 in Quakers last 5 overall.
I'm not picking the Penn Quakers to win this game like I've seen some people are, but they can certainly hang around. Penn comes into this game red hot offensively, shooting 51.5 percent and averaging 80 points in their last five games. Penn is also a good defensive team, which includes allowing the second best three point percentage in the country. The Kansas Jayhawks are a thin basketball team that relies quite a bit on the three ball for their offense. Well, only Grand Canyon allows a lesser percentage of threes to fall this season. Penn is also led by a group of upperclassmen who have seen everything and won't be scared of the bright lights, despite playing in the Ivy League. I like the value of the points here. This game will be tighter than some think.