In Round 3 of the NCAA Tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks take on the Stanford Cardinal in what should be a good battle. I am here to give you some advice on who to put your money on whether you’re in Vegas, betting online, or just betting against your pals.
The undergdog in this game is the Stanford Cardinal, but I think they have a better chance to win this game than most people are giving them.
Last round the 10th ranked Cardinal played a very good 7th ranked New Mexico team, and surprised a lot of people with the win. Stanford’s leading scorer, Chasson Randle, played all 40 minutes and tallied 23 points, along with grabbing 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Stanford came out Friday looking very energetic and very confident. Shooting from beyond the arc was key for Stanford’s victory, hitting 8 out of 15 3-point shots, and holding New Mexico to just 4 for 21. This could be a problem for Kansas, as they are not exactly the best at perimeter defense.
The first 10 minutes of both halves are going to be key for the Cardinal: led the Lobos 20-4 with 13 minutes left in the first half, and let them tie it up halfway through the second. If they can play like they did in the first half of that game, for this whole contest, they could pull it out.
The Jayhawks last opponent was Eastern Kentucky. Andrew Wiggins scored 19 as he led his team to a 80-69 victory. But Wiggins himself was not the reason for the win.
KU’s inside game was the deciding factor in this one, with the Jayhawks dominating in the paint. Perry Ellis had 14 points to go with his outstanding 13 boards. The other big man, Tarik Black, added 12 points.
The Jayhawks’ biggest letdown was their perimeter defense, or lack there of. Due to the non-existent perimeter defense, and Eastern Kentucky’s fabulous 3 point shooting, the Colonels jumped out to a 24-13 lead, and kept the Jayhawks fans quiet.
The fact that the Jayhawks dominated so much in the paint without 7-footer Joel Embiid, is a scary thought. If they can make it past this round and get their stud big man back, they could really do some damage in this tournament.
My Key to The Game, is the perimeter shooting of Stanford vs. the down-low scoring of Kansas. If KU lets Stanford shoot 3’s all day long and just plays mediocre in the paint on the offensive side, Stanford has it. But if the Jayhawks can contest the perimeter shots, as well as score major points down-low, this will be the Jayhawks game.
My Prediction –
My betting system is giving the Kansas Jayhawks a 54% chance of winning. Currently they are (-6) point favorites, according to Bovada.com. So I am going with Kansas, 68-59, covering the spread.
Last Week SU: 1-0
Last Week ATS: 1-0
Total SU: 16-5
Total ATS: 7-0
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