Oregon/Kansas Total Pick

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Will No. 1 Kansas continue their offensive surge against No. 3 Oregon when the two meet in tonight’s NCAA Tournament contest at 8:49PM ET?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kansas favored in this game tonight, as the Jayhawks are getting odds of -7 points against Oregon. The over/under total for the game is listed at 156.5 points. This game is the Midwest Regional Final and will air on TBS from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Kansas has been on a real tear, especially on offense, coming into today’s game. The Jayhawks (31-4) have averaged 96 points per game in this three-game run and they have hit the over in five straight games to get to 17-16 with the over on the season. Kansas averages 83.9 points per game on offense for the season while allowing 71.8 on defense. Over its last five games, the Jayhawks are putting up 92 per game on offense while giving up 73.6. Kansas is shooting 53.7 percent from the field in these last five, including 42.7 percent from the arc.

Oregon has had to grind out its three wins in this tournament. The Ducks (32-5) have won their last two over Rhode Island and Michigan by a combined four points. Still, Oregon has hit the over in six of its last eight games to move to 17-19 with the over on the season. The Ducks average 78.7 points per game on offense this season while allowing just 65.9 on defense. Over their last five, the Ducks average 78.0 on offense while giving up 73 on defense.

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Kansas is really clicking on offense right now and I think that will continue tonight against Oregon. The Ducks have a respectable defense, but are still down a key player in Chris Boucher, which will impact them on both sides of the ball. His length would be a good deterrent in the lane and on the glass and could help the Ducks in the paint on offense. Kansas should have too many weapons for Oregon to keep pace with, which will force the Ducks to have to be more aggressive on offense and lead to a high-scoring game.

 

ELIGHT 8 PREDICTION: OREGON/KANSAS OVER 156.5

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