Kansas Jayhawks vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams
The Kansas Jayhawks are 11-point favorites over the Virginia Commonwealth Rams today in San Antonio.Â The over/under total for todays game is set at 147 points.Â Kansas looks to advance to their second Final Four in four years.Â The winner of the game will face Butler next week at the Final Four.
The Kansas Jayhawks are 35-2 overall and 19-16 against the spread this season.Â The Jayhawks won the national championship three years ago, with none of the current players a key contributor. That team didnt face a higher seed than a No. 8 before the Final Four and theres a similar fate this year. Kansas has wins over No. 16 Boston University, No. 9 Illinois and No. 12 Richmond on Friday 77-56 in the Sweet 16. Richmond was a mismatch from the start thanks to a 27-4 run that led to a 41-22 halftime advantage. The Spiders are one of the nations best three-point shooting teams, but a 4-of-26 night sealed their fate. Brady Morningstar led the way for Kansas with 18 points. The 134 combined points scored went just der the 135-point total. The der is 3-0 for Kansas in this tournament. Kansas got the easy ver as 10-point favorites and is 2-1 against the spread this tourney. It failed to reach the number against Boston University as big 23 -point favorites.
The Virginia Commonwealth Rams are 27-11 overall and 17-20 against the spread.Â The Rams received a surprising at-large bid out of the Colonial Athletic Association and are the lowest remaining seed. This is their first trip to the Elite Eight. VCU has won all four March Madness games as underdogs, starting with a play-in win over Pac-10 USC on March 16th. It then took down three more major conference schools in Georgetown, Purdue and Florida St. Senior guard Brad Burgess scored 26 points in Fridays win over Florida St. Fatigue could be a factor for VCU having just gone into overtime and having played the extra game. Facing a team thats as deep as Kansas only adds to the problem.
Kansas has been the best team so far in this years tournament.Â I don’t expect this game to be close at all.Â Kansas has way too much size and depth for Virginia Commonwealth.Â I will lay the 11-points and take the Kansas Jayhawks.
Kansas Jayhawks -11 Virginia Commonwealth Rams