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4 Reasons Why They Can Win: Kansas

Kansas March Madness

The Kansas Jayhawks enter the NCAA March Madness Tournament as +650 favorites, and with good reason. The Jayhawks capped off a strong 30-4 SU season with a Big 12 title, and as the top seed in the South region, they’ll look to carry that momentum towards winning the fourth NCAA Championship in the school’s history.

Here’s four reasons why they can win this year’s NCAA Tournament:

They Know how to Streak

Some teams simply run out of gas during the tournament and are unable to string together strong performances against tough competition. This isn’t the case for Kansas who has a win streak of 13 from earlier in the season, and the current 14-game win streak that they’re on right now. If you think the streak comes from playing a bunch of scrubs, think again, as they’ve beaten eight ranked teams during their current run.

Been there, done that

March Madness will pit the best teams in the nation against each other, and simply put, Kansas beats good teams. In 14 matchups this season against ranked opponents, they went 11-3 — good enough for the best mark in the nation. They beat some of the teams rather easily too, as six of those 11 wins came by double-digits. Against teams with winning records this season, they went 22-4 and a profitable 16-10 ATS.

Nail biter? No Worries

March Madness is legendary for tight games that go down to the wire, and Kansas excelled in this situation this season. In games decided by six points or less, they went 4-1 with their only loss in that spot coming to Michigan State in the second game of the season. Truth is, they didn’t play in too many tight games simply because they were awesome. They have 19 wins of 10 or more points this season, and 10 wins of 20 or more points, so don’t let any high spreads in the early rounds scare you away.

Anywhere, Anytime, any place

Home court advantage isn’t really a thing in March Madness, as the games take place in neutral locations. Kansas is 6-1 in neutral location games this season and have won six neutral site games in a row, with five of those coming against teams with winning records. Teams in the tourney can also find themselves playing anywhere from the early afternoon to late evening, and just like everything else this season, time had impact on the Jayhawks. They were a perfect 11-0 in day games (5 P.M. or earlier) and in night games starting at 9 P.M. or later they went 5-1.

Also of note, with a lot of games being played with one day off between games, Kansas was 3-1 this season with one day of rest between games.

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