Wichita State vs Kansas March Madness Against The Spread Pick

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Wichita State vs Kansas March Madness Against The Spread Pick

The 7th-seeded Wichita State Shockers finally gets the rematch with the 2nd-seeded Kansas Jayhawks that has been in the making since 1993, its on the biggest college sports stage in the world: March Madness.

When the bracket was set back on Selection Sunday everyone had already penciled in the fact that Sunflower Showdown 2.0 was a strong possibility.

The last time the Kansas lost to Wichita State was the 1986-87 season with the two squads going head-to-head on the hard-court just 14 times in all, but take a look at KU’s last five games against WSU.

  • Jan. 25, 1989 – KU 86, WSU 66 – Lawrence
  • Jan. 4, 1990 – KU 93, WSU 66 – Wichita
  • Jan. 23, 1991 – KU 84, WSU 50 – Lawrence
  • Jan. 8, 1992 – KU 81, WSU 51 – Wichita
  • Jan. 6, 1993 – KU 103, WSU 54 – Lawrence

The Shockers have had success in the tournament as of late, with six covers in their last nine tournament games, while the Jayhawks are just 7-11 against the spread in their last 18 tournament contests.

A Closer Look At The Wichita State Shockers vs Kansas Jayhawks March Madness Line & My Against The Spread Pick

Matchup: (7) Wichita State Shockers vs (2) Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Mar. 22, 2015 
Start Time: 5:15 p.m. ET 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Stadium: CenturyLink Center Omaha
TV Info: CBS
Stream: CBSSports.com
Radio:  Wichita State Vs  Kansas
Point Spread: Jayhawks -2
Game Total: 131.5

Wichita State Will Cover the 2-point Spread If

The Shockers’ defense starts out by shutting down the Jayhawks.

Wichita State had a tough first half versus Indiana. As a 1.5 points favorite, the Shockers were down by 3 points, 39 to 36, after the first half versus the Hoosiers. Wichita State really turned it on in the second half by outscoring the Hoosiers 45 to 37 and not only winning 81 to 76 but also covering the spread.

The Shockers now take on 2 seeded Kansas. Wichita State needs to start out hot on the defensive end if they hope to cover the spread versus the Jayhawks on Sunday. The Shockers allowed Indiana to shot 50% from three-point range, 11 out of 22, and 40.7% from the floor, 24 out of 59. If Wichita State is to cover the spread versus Kansas, they’ll need to hold Rock Chalk to 39.8% from the field and around 56 points, which is Wichita State’s defensive averages allowed.

Wichita State March Madness Projected Starting Lineup:

  • G Ron Baker, 6-3, Jr., 15 ppg, 4.5 rpg
  • G Fred VanVleet, 6-0, Jr., 12.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.3 apg
  • G Takele Cotton, 6-3, Sr., 9.6 ppg, 4 rpg
  • G Evan Wessel, 6-4, Jr., 4.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg
  • F Darius Carter, 6-7, Sr., 11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
  • Coach: Gregg Marshall (eighth season)

Kansas Will Cover the 2-point Spread If

Kansas runs and guns for the entire game.

The Jayhawks jumped out to an early lead versus New Mexico State in their 75 to 56 win. Kansas was up by 13 at halftime, 36 to 23. They eventually ended up winning the game 75 to 56. But there appeared to be a flaw in the victory that the Shockers might exploit.

As good as Kansas looked, they didn’t push the pace nearly as much as they could have. Kansas should have scored over 80 in the game versus the Lobos. Why it’s an issue is because Wichita State won’t mind playing slow and the times that Kansas has gotten into trouble this season is when they’ve played slowly. Kansas lost 61 to 62 to West Virginia earlier in the season because they didn’t push the pace. Kansas State beat Kansas 70 to 63 because the Jayhawks decided to play in the half-court. If they try and play in the half court versus Wichita State, they’ll be in danger of losing the game outright.

Kansas March Madness Projected Starting Lineup:

  • G Frank Mason III, 5-11, So., 12.6 ppg, 4.1 apg
  • G Wayne Selden Jr., 6-5, So., 9.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
  • F Kelly Oubre Jr., 6-7, Fr., 9.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg
  • F Perry Ellis, 6-8, Jr., 14.2 ppg, 7.0 rpg
  • F Jamari Traylor, 6-8, Jr., 4.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg
  • Coach: Bill Self (12th season)

March Madness Against The Spread Pick – Wichita State Shockers 67, Kansas Jayhawks 63