Kansas vs Michigan South Odds Preview
The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the South Region of NCAA Tournament betting, and their reward is a date with the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks on Friday in Arlington.
Kansas has won both recent meetings with Michigan, but failed to cover the spread either time. KU has been on fire, going 11-2 ATS overall and 10-2 ATS in their past dozen games as a favorite.
Michigan knocked out VCU with an easy 78-53 win in the Round of 32 over the weekend, having no trouble covering the 3.5-point spread in that contest. Top-ranked Kansas blew past North Carolina with a 70-58 win as a favorite of 6 points last time out.
However, the best bet here in the South Region semifinal might be the UNDER. In the past 12 Kansas tournament games, the UNDER has prevailed 11 times.
The Jayhawks currently sports a 31-5 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 20-15 ATS. The Wolverines are 28-7 and 17-16-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Jayhawks produce a 15-16-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Wolverines have gone 18-16 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Jayhawks, most recently No. 3 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Wolverines, who rate No. 40 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-81 victory for the Jayhawks.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas's No. 25-ranked scoring average of 74.9 PPG, against a Wolverines defense rated No. 66 and allowing 62.4 PPG. The Jayhawks FG% has averaged 47.9% to date this season, less than the Wolverines shooters have managed so far (48.5% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Michigan owns the country's No. 190-rated mark, allowing 70.1 points per game on the highway. Kansas, on the other hand, rates No. 42 in scoring at home.
Michigan was a 78-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Virginia Commonwealth. They covered the 3.5-point spread as favorites. The Wolverines blew out Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 78-53 win at Palace of Auburn Hills.
Kansas was a 70-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against North Carolina. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Kansas earned a 70-58 victory over North Carolina on Sunday, getting 22 points from Travis Releford at Sprint Center.
A few Wolverines at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games