Kansas Jayhawks vs. Boston Terriers
No #1 seed has never lost a first-round NCAA tournament game.Â Is there any chance Kansas could be the first?Â The #1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks are 22-point favorites over the 16th seeded Boston Terriers.Â The over/under for the game is 136.
It is possible that a #1 seed loses at some point and why not it be Kansas. This is because the Jayhawks have a history of suffering huge upsets during the first round having lost to Bucknell as 14-point favorites in 2005 and to Bradley the following year as seven-point favorites. None of the present Kansas players tasted those defeats.Â That being said, Kansas is primed to make a deep run with the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff.Â Â They compose a formidable inside duo and a deep backcourt of Tyrel Reed, Tyshawn Taylor and Brady Morningstar. The Morris twins are going to be very hard to handle for Boston University, which has an undersized frontcourt. Kansas was the fifth-highest scoring team in the nation at 82.4 points per game. Kansas is 14-1 in its last 15 games. The Jayhawks defeated Texas, 85-73, in the Big 12 Conference title game as 4-point favorites at neutral site Kansas City this past Saturday. It was the Jayhawks fifth tournament title in six years.
The Boston Terriers, who have never faced the Big 12 Conference champion Kansas Jayhawks, are 21-13. They won the America East Conference to earn an automatic bid to the tournament. The Terriers feature their conferences player of the year in 6-foot-5 swingman Jon Holland, a senior averaging 19 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Boston University has won its last four games by margins of 2 points, 9, 6 and 2. The Terriers have benefited by shooting 116 foul shots during this span to their opponents 44. The Terriers got past Stony Brook in their conference tournament championship game, 56-54, as a six-point favorite despite making just 31 percent of their shots from the field and having only two assists. The Terriers strength is a defense that ranks 16th yielding just 60.4 points per game and is ninth in field goal percentage limiting foes to 39 percent shooting from the floor.
Although, I dont see an upset happening in this game, I do believe that the Boston Terriers can keep the game respectable.Â The Terriers have a formidable defense and can hold teams under their average.Â I am taking the Boston Terriers plus the 22-points as I don’t believe they will get embarrassed in this game.
Boston Terriers +22 Kansas Jayhawks