NCAAB Sweet 16 Odds Analysis: Maryland vs Kansas

Posted by Aaron . on March 22, 2016 in

On Thursday, the Maryland Terrapins will meet the Kansas Jayhawks in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Terrapins knocked off 13-seed Hawaii, 73-60, in the second round. Kansas dispatched 9-seed Connecticut, 73-61. The teams have not met in 14 years, since the Terrapins beat Kansas in the Final Four in 2002, 97-88. Find out the latest NCAAB online betting lines here.

NCAAB Sweet 16 Odds Analysis: Maryland Terrapins vs Kansas Jayhawks

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 9:40 PM ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, KY
Radio: Jayhawk IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: March Madness Live
NCAAB Odds: Kansas (-7)

Why should you bet on the Terrapins?

The Terrapins have been an inconsistent team all year, winning some big games but also losing crucial matchups when the chips are down. They did play well against Hawaii and have one of the nation’s better offenses (76.1 ppg). They shoot well, 48.8% from the floor (#11 in the NCAA). They have a defense that is fairly solid (#49 in the NCAA, 66.3 points permitted per game, 40.8% from the field for the opposition). If Maryland can employ that defense against a Kansas team that is solid both in transition as well as in the halfcourt game, then they could pull off the upset, or at least cover.

Why should you put your money on Kansas?

The Jayhawks have the #16 offense in the nation (81.6 ppg) and the #13 shooters (49.4% from the field). They are dynamite from behind the arc (42.6 percent, #2 in the NcAA). Wayne Selden Jr. is just one of four players who average double figures for the Jayhawks, showing their flexibility and team play. They permit 67.7 points per game on defense (#74 in the NCAA), and they have shown the ability to get the stops when they need them. If they can get some steals and into transition, they could get a big lead fairly easily.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Kansas’ offense is too multitalented for the Terrapins to be able to slow them down, and Kansas is better on the boards than Maryland has been. I’m picking the Jayhawks to win, 80-74.