Seton Hall vs. Kansas Pick
Can No. 8 Seton Hall possibly upset top-seeded Kansas when the two teams meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament tonight?
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Location: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
TV: TBS, 7:10PM ET
The opening spread for this game had Kansas as a 4.5-point favorite. The spread dipped to 4 points before climbing up to 5. The over/under total opened at 153.5 points. It briefly moved up to 154 points before falling to 153.5.
PUBLIC BETTING INFORMATION
The public is behind Kansas for this game. As of Saturday morning, the Jayhawks are getting 74 percent of the wagers on this game as the favorite against Seton Hall.
Both teams come into this game with one player on the injury report. Jordan Walker, a bench player for Seton Hall, is out with a thumb injury. He averages just 7 minutes per game for the Pirates. Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is listed as probable as he deals with his knee injury. He averages 13.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Kansas opened up its tournament with a 76-60 win over Penn, covering a 13.5-point spread in the process. Seton Hall defeated N.C. State 94-83, covering a 3-point spread in the victory.
The Pirates have covered in six straight coming into today while the Jayhawks have covered in their last four. Certainly Kansas is the top seed and probably more talented overall, but there is something I like about this Seton Hall team.
On a neutral floor, the Pirates are averaging 80 points per game and shooting 40 percent from the arc. That is the kind of shooting to upset a top seed. Kansas has a respectable defense, but the Jayhawks can’t overcome a good-shooting team. We have seen Kansas have plenty of letdown performances in the NCAA Tournament and I think this is a game where the Jayhawks could be upset. I will go with Seton Hall to cover.
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS: SETON HALL +4.5