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Kansas’ Quest Begins Versus Austin Peay

Kansas Jayhawks Austin Peay Governors NCAA March Madness

The Kansas Jayhawks are playing like the best team in the country entering the NCAA Tournament and start their championship hunt versus the Austin Peay Governors. The Governors shocked the Ohio Valley conference tournament en route to their spot in the Big Dance and are huge underdogs once again in their tourney opener.

Shark Bites
  • OVER is 6-0 in Austin Peay’s previous six games.
  • Kansas is 10-5 ATS in 15 games as double-digit chalk this season.
  • Kansas is just 2-7 ATS in last nine tournament games as double-digit chalk.

Kansas has been on an absolute tear and has more than justified its position as the number 1 team in the country. The Jayhawks have won 14-straight games and has gone 11-3 against the spread in the process. The final three games during their streak came as they won the Big 12 tournament, defeating Kansas State, Baylor and West Virginia.

The Governors enter the tournament on a comparatively-modest six-game winning streak. They have gone 5-1 ATS in those games to finish the season playing their best basketball.

It wasn’t always that rosy for Austin Peay, however. They finished 18-17 on the season and pulled upset after upset in the Ohio Valley Tournament earlier in March. Consider this: Austin Peay was the lowest seed in the OVC tourney and was an underdog of +4.5, +7.5, +10 and +4.5 in their four games en route to the title.

Bettors take note: Austin Peay has been a dog of 25 or more points three times in the past 20 years and is 2-1 ATS in such spots.

Click here for a history of the No. 1 vs. No. 16 matchup.

Austin Peay Governors vs Kansas Jayhawks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas Jayhawks bring a 30-4 record (21-11 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-17 Governors, who are 14-15-1 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have witnessed Kansas go 12-19-1 so far and the Austin Peay Governors go 20-10.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 126-rated Austin Peay Governors taking on the No. 20-rated Kansas Jayhawks in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Kansas's No. 14-ranked scoring average of 81.56 PPG, against a Austin Peay Governors defense rated No. 217 and allowing 76 PPG. The Kansas Jayhawks FG% has averaged 49.44% to date this season, more than the Austin Peay Governors shooters have managed so far (46.28% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Governors got 24 points from Jared Savage as Austin Peay ran past Tennessee-Martin 83-73 on Saturday at Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

The Jayhawks grabbed a 81-71 win over the Mountaineers on Saturday, behind a 27-point effort from Devonte' Graham at Sprint Center.

Betting Trends
  • Austin Peay is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Austin Peay is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Austin Peay's last 5 games
  • Kansas is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Kansas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Kansas's last 13 games