March Madness - Eastern Kentucky Colonels face Kansas Jayhawks: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
|Eastern Kentucky Colonels||Kansas Jayhawks|
|24-9||March 21, 2014, 04:10 | Scottrade Center||24-9|
Eastern Kentucky has covered the posted spread in five of their past six games as an underdog as they get set to take on second-seeded Kansas in South Region betting action Friday.
The Jayhawks boast two of the top freshmen in the country in Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and they are 7-0, 6-1 ATS in their past seven games as double-digit favorites. That is the situation here as KU was -14 at Bovada with the total around 151 at GTbets.eu.
EKU ended the year on a 7-0 SU, 5-2 ATS streak and they are also 5-1 ATS past six games as underdogs this season. The Colonels have lost, but covered the spread in their only two recent Madness games.
Odds Shark computer pick - 79.8-67.1 Jayhawks
The Colonels will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 14-12-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Jayhawks are 17-16 ATS. Eastern Kentucky is 13-13 on the totals; Kansas is 18-14-1.
The Jayhawks sit at No. 28 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Colonels sit at No. 41 on the same chart.
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Eastern Kentucky won its last outing, a 79-73 result against Belmont on March 8. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point underdog. Corey Walden scored 29 points for Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, leading the Colonels to a 79-73 win over Belmont at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.
In their last action, Kansas was a 94-83 loser at home against Iowa State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Perry Ellis chucked in a team-high 30 points for Kansas on Friday, but they still came up short in losing 94-83 at Sprint Center.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas's No. 17 nationally ranked offense (79.61 points per game) against a Colonels defense that sits as the No. 154 at 70.64 PPG. The Jayhawks have been averaging 49.51% from the field, more than the Colonels have managed so far this season (49% on average).
A few Colonels at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Eastern Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Eastern Kentucky's last 7 games
Kansas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Kansas is 15-5 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Kansas's last 23 games