The Kansas Jayhawks bring a perfect 4-0 straight-up historical run against No. 10 seeds into this contest against the Stanford Cardinal in the South Regional’s Round of 32.
Kansas arrives after a scare from Eastern Kentucky, while the Cardinal advanced after fending off New Mexico.
Neither team has been great and both have been money losers at the betting window, but Kansas gets some public-hype advantage here with the point spread.
Spread and total points scored betting line
The Jayhawks opened as 5.5-point favorites; the total was 142.5. (Compare lines and consensus on the Odds Shark matchup report)
Odds Shark computer pick
Why pick Stanford to cover the spread
The Cardinal just beat a very good New Mexico team that has plenty of depth and was picked by many to get to the second weekend.
Stanford’s defense is the key in this game, as the Cardinal have shown the ability to stop teams all season.
Why pick Kansas to cover the spread
The Jayhawks are performing with sheer will and determination while playing without Joel Embiid. He wasn’t in the lineup for Eastern Kentucky, and there has been no indication of whether or not he will play in this game. Fact is, Andrew Wiggins has stepped up in Embiid’s absences, and the Jayhawks are finding ways to win.
Smart betting pick
This is one of the tougher numbers for the Round of 32, simply because the Jayhawks are still talented without Embiid and could still make a run. That doesn’t mean they can cover if the Cardinal can put some runs together.
But Kansas is mired in a 1-4 ATS slide in this event, while Stanford has failed to cover six straight in this round since 1999.
The smart betting pick here is to play the under, as the Cardinal have stayed low in nine of their last 12.
Stanford Cardinal: No. 123
Kansas Jayhawks: No. 28 (per Odds Shark power ranks)
March Madness betting trends
- UNDER is 9-3 past 12 Stanford games
- Kansas 1-4 ATS past five tournament games
- Stanford 0-6 ATS in second round since 1999
- Kansas is 4-0 SU vs No. 10 seeds since 1996
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