How To Bet On Kansas vs Villanova Elite Eight Spread

Posted by Aaron . on March 25, 2016 in

On Saturday, the Villanova Wildcats tangle with the Kansas Jayhawks in the Elite Eight round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The top two seeds have made it to the regional final, as Villanova routed UNC-Asheville by 30, whipped Iowa by 19 and then delivered a 23-point lesson to Miami in the Sweet 16. Kansas demolished Austin Peay, 105-79, in the opener, and then had fairly easy wins over Connecticut (73-61) and Maryland (77-63) in the second and third rounds. Find out the latest NCAAB betting odds soon.

How To Bet On Kansas Jayhawks vs Villanova Wildcats Elite Eight Spread

When: Saturday, March 26, 2016, 8:49 PM ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
TV: CBS
Radio: Villanova IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: TBA

Why should you bet on the Jayhawks?

The Jayhawks did not start out hot against Maryland and were behind for most of the first half. However, they found their gear after halftime and went on a 9-0 run shortly after intermission, taking a 52-43 lead and then never taking their foot off the gas. They only shot 46% from the floor but dominated the boards, 44-31. Perry Ellis led the way for Kansas, dropping 32 points on the Terrapins and going 11 for 15 from the floor. The Jayhawks have an average defense, permitting 67.9 points per game (#75 in the NCAA). If they can get out to a fast start against Villanova, their defense could shut the door.

Why should you put your money on Villanova?

Villanova normally runs through their halfcourt to get their points patiently, but against Miami they couldn’t miss from anywhere on the floor. Villanova shot lights out, making 63% of their shots and going 10 for 15 from downtown. They also went 18 for 19 from the free throw line. Kris Jenkins was particularly impressive, going 5 for 6 from downtown and posting 21 points. The Hurricanes turned the ball over a lot early, allowing Villanova to go up 26-12 in a game they would never trail. Villanova is also solid on defense, ranking #15 in the nation this season by allowing 63.8 points per game. They will pose a solid test to the Jayhawks, who also have one of the strongest offenses in the nation.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the Wildcats to control the boards and the flow of the offense against Kansas, as they will be tougher than any opponent Kansas has seen so far this year. I’m picking Villanova to win, 80-76.