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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.

View Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Kansas Jayhawks Odds and Stats.

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