Kansas Favored Big in Southwest Region
Suddenly, the odds of Kansas moving to the Final Four went through the floor - funny how landing in the Round of 16 with teams seeded 10, 11 and 12 will do that to a No. 1 seed.
Kansas hasn't been tested and some conventional handicapping wisdom says they won't against Richmond either. The Spiders pulled a big upset of Vandy, then dispatched Morehead State to earn this shot.
The Jayhawks are favored by 10.5 points here and a prohibitive favorite at Bovada at 1/3 odds to win the Southwest Rregional crown. The total is overing around 138 points.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Jayhawks rated this week at No. 2 and the Spiders sitting at No. 58. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 86-79 result in favor of the Jayhawks.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kansas has the nation's No. 7-rated offensive output, at 81.8 PPG. The visiting Spiders defense ranks No. 19 allowing on average 60.8 PPG. The Jayhawks FG% has averaged 51.4% so far, more than the Spiders marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.
Defensively, Richmond features the nation's No. 21-rated defense on the road, allowing 63.5 points per game. Kansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 nationally in scoring at home.
Richmond won its last outing, a 65-48 result against Morehead State on March 19. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite.
In their last action, Kansas was a 73-59 winner against Illinois. They covered the 8–point spread as favorites.
Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After a win are 9-1
Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After playing Illinois are 2-1
After a win are 9-1
A few Spiders at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas's last 7 games
Kansas is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games