Kansas vs. Arkansas Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/18/23
Arkansas Razorbacks (21-13) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (28-7)
March 18, 2023 5:15 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -4.5 / Arkansas Razorbacks +4.5; Over/Under: +144.5
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The Kansas Jayhawks and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet in college basketball action from the Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup.
Kansas Jayhawks Team Recap
The Kansas Jayhawks come into the second round after picking apart Howard by a final score of 96-68. Jalen Wilson led Kansas with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 7 rebounds while Gradey Dick had 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 3 threes, a team-high 11 rebounds and 5 assists with 3 steals for the double-double. K.J. Adams Jr. added 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting while Dajuan Harris Jr. chipped in 11 points with a team-high 7 assists and 4 steals. Kevin McCullar Jr. added 10 points with 7 rebounds and 5 assists as well to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for Kansas in the win.
Arkansas Razorbacks Team Recap
The Arkansas Razorbacks booked their spot in the second round with a 73-63 win over Illinois in their first round matchup. Ricky Council IV led the way with 18 points including an 11 of 12 mark from the foul line and a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double while Davonte Davis had 16 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Anthony Black added 12 points with 6 rebounds and 3 steals to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Arkansas in the winning effort.
Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Arkansas is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 NCAA Tournament games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
I’m sticking with Arkansas here. I get why Kansas would be favored, but I’m still not fully sold on this Kansas team, and I think that Arkansas being as healthy as they are right now, we’re really seeing what could’ve been with this team had they been healthy pretty much all year long. They looked really good against Illinois and I think the Hogs get a cover if not the outright win here. Give me Arkansas and the points.