Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Jayhawks vs. Eagles CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(20-8) #3 Kansas Jayhawks vs. #14 Eastern Washington Eagles (16-7)
Date: Saturday March 20, 2021
Time: 1:15 PM ET
Venue: Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Kansas -650, Eastern Washington +450
CBB Betting Odds: Kansas -10.5
CBB Betting Total: 146.5
The No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks are set to face off with the No. 14 seed Eastern Washington Eagles on Friday in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Kansas is 20-8 overall on the season and earned an at-large bid from the Big 12 while Eastern Washington is 16-7 overall and won the Big Sky Conference tournament in order to receive an automatic bid.
The winner will move on to face the winner of Drake/USC with a spot in the sweet sixteen on the line.
During the regular season, Kansas went 12-6 in the Big 12, which was good for second place. In the Big 12 tournament, Kansas defeated Oklahoma 69-62 in the quarterfinal. The Jayhawks then withdrew from the Big 12 tournament after a positive COVID-19 test before their game against Texas. Kansas will be playing for the first time in 9 days which could result in some early rust as the team will try to get their legs back under them.
During the season, Kansas faced the 22nd strongest schedule in the nation, according to KenPom. The only non-conference losses this season were to the No. 1 rated team Gonzaga 102-90, and No. 21 rated Tennessee 81-60. Kansas’ non-conference Division I wins were against Saint Joseph’s, Kentucky, North Dakota State, Creighton, and Omaha.
Ochai Agbaji, a 6’5 junior, leads Kansas with 14.2 ppg, David McCormack a 6’10 junior with 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and Jalen Wilson, a 6’8 freshmen with 12.1 points and a team-best 8.2 rebounds.
Eastern Washington Eagles
The Eastern Washington Eagles went 12-3 in the Big Sky during the regular season, finishing second. In the Big Sky championship, Eastern Washington defeated Montana State 65-55. Jacob Groves, a 6’7 sophomore, led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points, and Tanner Groves, a 6’9 junior, led the way with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
The Eagles have won 13 of their last 14 games overall as they head into the NCAA Tournament. In the non-conference schedule, Eastern Washington dropped all four of its games against Division I teams. The non-conference losses were against Washington State 71-68, Arizona 70-67, Oregon 69-52, and Saint Mary’s 80-75.
Eastern Washington is powered by their offense as they have averaged 79.3 points per game during the regular season and shot 46.7% from the floor, which is the 52nd best in the nation and 71st with a 36.1% three-point percentage.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Eagles are 2-5-1 ATS against teams with a winning record
- Eagles are 0-4 against non-conference opponents
- Jayhawks are 7-1-1 ATS in last 9 games
- Jayhawks OVERS are 4-2 in last 6 games
Free Kansas Jayhawks vs. Eastern Washington Eagles NCAAB Prediction:
Eastern Washington has been hot, but Kansas poses a difficult match-up for the Eagles. Kansas should dominate the boards in this game. The Jayhawks are averaging 11.4 offensive rebounds per game, 67th in the nation, while Eastern Washington ranks 309th with just 7.7 offensive boards per game. Eastern Washington has also been below average defensively this season and will struggle to get stops.
Kansas also holds the advantage in experience thanks to legendary coach Bill Self who has brought Kansas to the NCAA tournament every year in his 18 year career there. The coaching will play a huge factor and for that I’ll take Kansas.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Kansas -10.5
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