The top-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have won its two 2017 March Madness games by an average of 29-points. Now, they face the fourth-ranked Purdue Boilermakers in a Sweet Sixteen tilt for the ages. Both teams are strong contenders to be called March Madness champions this year.
The NCAA Basketball Tournament betting spread favors the Jayhawks by 4.5-points. Tip-off is this Thursday, March 23rd at 9:39 PM ET on CBS from the Sprint Center, in Kansas City Missouri.
While the game is listed as a neutral-site game, the Sprint Center is less than an hour from Allen Fieldhouse — the home of the Jayhawks — and the majority of the 18,972 in attendance likely will be sporting crimson and blue colors.
Purdue Boilermakers Vs Kansas Jayhawks Spread & ATS Pick
What: No.4 Purdue Boilermakers (27-7) vs No.1 Kansas Jayhawks (30-4)
When: Thursday, March 23, 2017
Start Time: 9:39 PM ET
Where: Kansas City, Missouri
Stadium: Sprint Center
Spread: Kansas -4.5
Moneyline: Purdue +185 vs Kansas – 225
Game Total: 156.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Purdue vs Kansas
Why Bet The Purdue Boilermakers To Beat The Jayhawks
Purdue beat Iowa State 80-76 in the second round of the tournament. The Boilermakers are 27-7 SU and 20-11-2 ATS this season. They average 80.1 points per game (35th) and give up 67.5 points per game (58th) this season.
Junior forward Vince Edwards (12.2 PPG & 4.8 RPG) scored 21 points added ten rebounds against Iowa State. Sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan (18.5 PPG & 12.6 RPG) added 20 points.
"I kept trying to tell myself (to) stay poised, stay calm," Edwards said. "And we were all just talking out and kept telling each other we got this, we got this. We were able to stick it out and win."
Purdue has shot 50.0% from the field (31st) in its March Madness games and 37.0% from three-point land (60th). The Boilermakers average 37.9 rebounds per game (63rd) and 18.4 assists per game (2nd). Caleb Swanigan averages 12.6 rebounds and freshman guard Carsen Edwards is the leader with 1.1 steals.
Why Bet The Kansas Jayhawks To Beat The Boilermakers
Kansas has been outstanding in the first two rounds during the tournament. They destroyed UC Davis 100-62 and Michigan State 90-70. The Jayhawks are 30-4 SU and 19-13-1 ATS and average 83.4 points (15th) while giving up 72.0 points per game (173rd) this season.
Freshman guard Josh Jackson (16.4 PPG & 7.2 RPG) scored 23 points against Michigan State. He shot 9-16 from the field. Senior guard Frank Mason III (20.8 PPG & 5.2 APG) added 20 points and dished out five assists.
Kansas has shot 54.7% from the field (9th) and 42.2% from beyond the arc (31st) during the tournament. They average 38.9 rebounds (30th) and 16.4 assists per game (25th). Senior forward Landen Lucas leads the team with 8.5 rebounds per game and Josh Jackson is tops with 1.6 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- The Jayhawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a favorite.
- The Jayhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- The Boilermakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 NCAA Tournament games as an underdog.
- The Boilermakers are is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the Big 12
Purdue Vs Kansas Expert ATS Pick
While the Boilermakers are the Jayhawks toughest test in the NCAA Basketball Tournament so far, Kansas has been on fire and I don’t see that changing.
Lay the points, bet Kansas.