Can a 16 Beat a 1
Tonight in the Midwest Region in the East Region a couple of 16-seed teams will try to make history tonight, as a 16-seed has never beaten a top-seed in the NCAA tournament.
No. 16 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (22-10) vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (32-2)
Bovada has Kansas as the huge favorite in this game posted at -25.5 with a total of 147.
This season Lehigh is 3-1 ATS and Kansas is 14-16-1 ATS.
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Lehigh won the Patriot League this season and the conference tournament, but will be facing a stacked Kansas squad that won the Big 12 and the conference tournament. Not only that, but the Jayhawks breezed through the conference tourney, as their closest game was a 12-point win in the finals.
Lehigh does have a solid backcourt with the guard duo of C.J. McCollum (18.9 ppg) and Marquis Hall (11 ppg) and the Mountain Hawks come into this game with confidence after winning seven of their last eight games including their last five.
To say Kansas is loaded is a major understatement, as they have a few future first round draft picks in the their starting lineup. The Jayhawks are a very well-balanced offense with guards Sherron Collins (15.6 ppg) Xavier Henry (13.6 ppg) forward Marcus Morris (12.3 ppg) and center Cole Aldrich (11.2 ppg).
Lehigh will have to be on fire from 3-point land, slow the high-scoring Jayhawks down, and hit the boards as a team to have any chance in this game.
Lehigh did not play one ranked team all season while Kansas played one of the toughest schedules in the nation.
In a very interesting trend for this game Kansas is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite of 13.0 or greater.
No. 16 East Tennessee State Buccaneers (20-14) vs. No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats (32-2)
Bovada has Kentucky as a 19.5 favorite in this game with a total of 136.
This season East Tennessee State is 2-1 ATS and Kentucky is 16-15 ATS.
East Tennessee State looked as if they would be lucky to get a NIT bid, but they caught fire at the right time winning the Atlantic Sun conference tournament even though they only finished fourth in the conference in the regular season.
The Buccaneers really have their work cut out for them in this game facing a Wildcats’ team that won the SEC and SEC conference tournament and is one of the highest scoring and most athletic teams in the nation.
Kentucky likes to get out and run and unless East Tennessee State can slow them down they will be in major trouble.
The Bucs have two guards and a forward averaging in double figures. For them to have any chance at the historic upset guards Micah Williams (12.5 ppg) and Justin Tubbs (12 ppg) have to hit the long ball and forwards Tommy Hubbard (14.1 ppg 8.3 rpg) and Isiah Brown (7.7 ppg 5.6 rpg) have to play great defense against the Wildcats’ forwards of DeMarcus Cousins (15.3 ppg 10.1 rpg) and Patrick Patterson (14.7 ppg 7.3 rpg).
If Kentucky PG John Wall (16.9 ppg) has a good scoring game and runs an up-tempo game the Wildcats will have no problem advancing to the second round.
Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and East Tennessee State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.