Purdue vs Kansas Sweet 16 Lines, Betting Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on March 21, 2017 in

The Purdue Boilermakers defeated Iowa State, 80-76, in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to face Kansas in the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks took down Michigan State, 90-70, as Purdue and Kansas will meet for just the second time ever. This game is less than 100 miles from the Kansas campus, turning this into a virtual “home” game for the Jayhawks. Let’s take a closer look at the preview and college basketball lines for this matchup.

Purdue vs Kansas Sweet 16 Lines, Betting Pick & TV Info

When: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 9:39pm ET
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City
Radio: Purdue / Kansas
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Kansas (-5), O/U 156.5

Why should you bet on the Boilermakers?

Purdue beat Iowa State the way they beat everyone this season, by controlling the boards (outrebounding the Cyclones 38-28) and relying on ball rotation, as Purdue had 27 assists on their 31 made field goals. Vince Edwards led the way with a double-double (21 points, 10boards). Despite the fact that Purdue doesn’t have the fastest guards in the nation, they still put up 80.1 points per game, and their 18.4 assists per game is second in the nation — testament to that ball movement. If you like Purdue in this game, you see Caleb Swanigan having a huge night inside and the Boilermakers frustrating Kansas with their passing game.

Why should you put your money on the Jayhawks?

Given that the arena will be packed with Jayhawk fans, Kansas is an easy pick to get out of this subregional and advance to the Final Four. Against Michigan State, they dominated in all phases of the game, shooting 53.1 percent from the floor and going 8 for 20 from downtown. They also won the battle of the boards, 36-28. Josh Jackson led Kansas with 23 points, although four Jayhawks hit double figures. Although Kansas allows 72 points per game, their commitment to rebounding and ball movement makes them a tough foe. If Landen Lucas continues his surprising play inside, this could get out of hand in a hurry.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the mix that Purdue brings to the floor, but Kansas has too much athleticism on offense for the Boilermakers to keep up. I predict a final score of Kansas 80, Purdue 74.