Kansas vs Creighton: 2022 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Odds, How to Watch, More

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round-Texas Southern vs Kansas
Mar 17, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Joseph Yesufu (1) sets the play against the Texas Southern Tigers during the second half in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament Second Round: No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 9 Creighton Blue Jays

How to Watch:

  • Date: Saturday, March 19
  • Time: 2:40 p.m. ET
  • Location: Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, TX
  • TV: CBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 1 KU STAT No. 9 CRE
Big 12 Conference Big East
29-6 Record 23-11
78.6 (28th) Points Per Game 69.0 (251st)
68.1 Points Allowed Per Game 65.9
0.6607 (1st) RPI 0.5857 (40th)
3rd Strength of Schedule 35th
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Kansas leaders:

Mar 1, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Jayhawks guard Ochai Agbaji (30) in action against the TCU Horned Frogs at Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
  • Ochai Agbaji, G, SR: 19.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 40.5% 3PT
  • Christian Braun, G, JR: 14.6 points, 6.4 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 SPG, 50.3 FG%

Creighton leaders:

Mar 12, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Bluejays center Ryan Kalkbrenner (11) dribbles against Villanova Wildcats forward Jermaine Samuels (23) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
  • Ryan Hawkins, F, SR: 13.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.5 APG, 35.9% 3PT
  • Ryan Kalkbrenner, C, SO: 13.0 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 64.6% FG

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • KU Moneyline: -720
  • CRE Moneyline: +500
  • Spread: KU -12
  • Over/Under: 139.5
  • ATS Record: KU 18-16-1, CRE 20-14
  • Over/Under Record: KU 20-15, CRE 11-21

Odds courtesy of Draftkings. For the latest odds, click here.


The Pick:

  • This Jayhawks team is one of the best in the tournament. They’re ranked 6th by KenPom, with the 6th most efficient offense and 28th-most efficient defense. They also play at the 68th fastest pace by adjusted tempo, so they are going to let their star guards try to get out and run. Meanwhile, the Bluejays operate at the 189th slowest pace and have the 18th most efficient defense, so they do have the potential to slow down these Kansas guards if they are playing at their best.
  • However, Creighton only played six players in their first-round game, and that’s an awful lot to put on the shoulders of their starters against an elite Kansas team that plays at the pace that they do. It might be too much to ask to keep up for an entire game.
  • The Jayhawks are also 81st in the nation from behind the arc, shooting 35.5%. The Bluejays, meanwhile, are one of the worst teams in the nation from long-range, shooting just 30.7% on 21.8 attempts per game (316th). They also went just 2-14 (14.3%) in their win over San Diego State in round one, but that’s not going to fly against the Jayhawks. It particularly won’t fly if the Jayhawks shoot like they did in round one, connecting on 11 of 23 from downtown for 47.8%.
  • The Blue Jays also outrebounded the Aztecs 41-32 and forced 16 turnovers. However, they also committed 20 turnovers of their own, which is another thing they absolutely cannot do if they hope to have any shot in this game.

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