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

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament Second Round-Creighton vs Kansas
Mar 19, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Jalen Wilson (10) and Kansas Jayhawks guard Christian Braun (2) celebrate against the Creighton Bluejays during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen: No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 4 Providence Friars

How to Watch:

  • Date: Friday, March 25
  • Time: 7:29 p.m. ET
  • Location: United Center in Chicago, IL
  • TV: TBS
  • Live Stream: NCAA.com

Tale of the Tape:

No. 1 KU STAT No. 4 PROV
Big 12 Conference Big East
30-6 Record 27-5
78.6 (28th) Points Per Game 71.8 (172nd)
68.1 Points Allowed Per Game 67.0
0.6607 (1st) RPI 0.6233 (13th)
3rd Strength of Schedule 56th
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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%


Providence leaders:

Mar 10, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Friars center Nate Watson (0) and Butler Bulldogs forward Bryce Golden (33) at the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
  • Nate Watson C, SR: 13.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 55.8% FG
  • Jared Bynum, G, JR: 12.7 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 4.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 41.7% 3PT

Odds, Lines, and Past Performance:

  • KU Moneyline: -320
  • PROV Moneyline: +250
  • Spread: KU -7.5
  • Over/Under: 145
  • ATS Record: KU 18-17-1, PROV 19-13
  • Over/Under Record: KU 21-15, PROV 17-15

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


The Pick:

  • The Jayhawks are ranked 6th by KenPom, with the 6th most efficient offense and 28th-most efficient defense. Providence is ranked 33rd by KenPom, the 4th-worst-ranked team remaining in the field. The Friars are also the luckiest team in the country according to KenPom, which means they’ve survived a lot of close games on grit and, perhaps, luck that metrics suggest they should have lost.
  • The Jayhawks 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 Friars want to play slow, with the 273rd ranked adjusted tempo. It will be a clash of styles and the overall pace of the game should be a good indicator of who is in control and more likely to come out on top.
  • The Jayhawks are also 57th in the nation from behind the arc, shooting 36%, but the Friars are a pretty good defense against the three, ranking 58th in the country, allowing just 31.2% from beyond the arc. If they can keep the Jayhawks from getting hot from deep, they improve their chances dramatically.
  • The Friars are 105th in three-point percentage at 35%, but just 149th in total field goal percentage, so there is a key gap there and is one of the major reasons that the Jayhawks are a more efficient and explosive offense.
  • The Jayhawks have also been beasts on the boards so far this tournament, outrebounding Creighton 47-31 in round two and outrebounding Texas Southern 44-31 in round one, so the Friars will have their work cut out for them in the paint as well.

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