Kansas vs. Providence Odds, Opening Spread, Predictions for March Madness Sweet 16
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Kansas vs. Providence Odds
|Odds via DraftKings. Find our expert’s projected odds below.|
After four days of madness, the 2022 NCAA Tournament rolls into the Sweet 16, where No. 1 Kansas will face No. 4 Providence. Find our expert’s projected odds and more about how these teams match up below.
Projected Kansas vs. Providence Odds
|Projected Kansas Odds||-7.5|
|Projected Providence Odds||+7.5|
|March Madness projections as of Selection Sunday. Find the latest NCAA Tournament projections here.|
More About Kansas
Doug Ziefel: The Jayhawks showed throughout the regular season that they have the talent to be title contenders. Going 14-4 in the Big 12 is no easy task, but Kansas proved that it could handle its business night after night.
It also helps when you have the talent that the Jayhawks do.
It all starts with the leading scorer in the conference, Ochai Agbaji. He averaged almost 20 points per game and was a KenPom MVP in nine of 30 games. When Agbaji was not at his best, the veteran big man David McCormack picked up the slack. McCormack was the leading offensive rebounder in the Big 12 and became a matchup nightmare for any team that lacked the size to contend with him.
The duo of Agbaji and McCormack alone make Kansas tough to knock off.
More About Providence
Shane McNichol: Until late last month, Providence was the “luckiest” team by KenPom’s metrics in nearly a quarter century. Since then, it has dropped from historically lucky to simply the luckiest team in the nation this season.
The Friars’ luck extends to their shooting: They had the best 3-point percentage in the Big East — without the shooting talent to do so.
Last season, Jared Bynum shot 12% beyond the arc on 42 attempts. This season, he led the Big East in 3-point shooting percentage. In his first three seasons, A.J. Reeves made 34.5% of his 3s. This year, he’s just a hair under 40%. Justin Minaya shot 29% in three seasons at South Carolina. With Providence this year, he’s at 35%.
You get the idea.
None of this means Providence is dead-on-arrival. The way Bynum, Al Durham and Nate Watson are playing — with this core of role players around them — the Friars can compete with anyone. A lot of trends just need to continue in order for them to compete with the nation’s best.
If they keep shooting it at a blistering rate, Bynum continues to be magical in crunch time and they continue to make free throws and avoid turnovers in every close game, Providence can make a run.
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