In a March Madness Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament game, the 1-seed Kansas Jayhawks will face off with the 4-seed Providence Friars in the Midwest Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, picks, bracketology, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Kansas vs Providence prediction for the game today.
Kansas vs Providence | March Madness Sweet 16
2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (30-6) vs. No. 4 Providence Friars (27-5)
Date: Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: 7:29 PM EST
Venue: United Center — Chicago, IL
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Kansas vs Providence College Basketball Betting Picks and Odds
Moneyline: KU: (-335) | PROV: (+275)
Point Spread: KU: -7.5 (-110) | PROV: +7.5 (-110)
Total: 141.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
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KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
Kansas vs Providence College Basketball Betting Trends
- Jayhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
- Jayhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite.
- The total has gone UNDER in each of the Jayhawks’ last four games following an ATS loss.
- Friars are just 1-6 ATS in their last seven neutral site games as an underdog.
- The UNDER is 4-1 in the Friars’ last four neutral site games.
- The total has gone OVER in four of the Friars’ last five neutral site games as an underdog.
Kansas vs Providence Prediction | March Madness Sweet 16 Picks
The pattern of betting action on Providence thus far in the NCAA Tournament has been so interesting to watch play out. The whole world was against the Friars in the First Round against a 13-seed. Then, oddsmakers basically set the exact same line for the Second Round game against 12-seed Richmond. After winning that game by 28 points, the public is suddenly willing to back Providence as an underdog against a loaded Kansas team. Go figure!
While wins over South Dakota State and Richmond cannot be dismissed entirely, the Friars are set for a steep uptick in competition against Kansas. In terms of experience, this Jayhawks team has more of it than any in recent memory.
Providence will be hard-pressed to come up with a defensive answer for Jayhawks star guard Ochai Agbaji. He actually finished below his 19.3 points per game average in both contests last weekend. The fact that KU still rolled to victory in both shows just how deep and versatile Bill Self’s team is. KenPom ranks Kansas sixth in adjusted offensive efficiency. The Jayhawks have averaged 119.5 points per 100 possessions on the season.
Compared to their first weekend opponents, Providence is going to be in for a much tougher personnel matchup in the post area as well. While the Friars’ bigs had a physicality advantage last weekend, that certainly won’t be the case against Kansas’ Jalen Wilson and David McCormick. It’s fair for bettors to question whether Ed Cooley even has enough frontcourt depth to match up with KU’s bigs for a full 40 minutes.
Our college basketball betting Kansas vs Providence prediction tonight will be Kansas -7.5 at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Kansas a 79.2% chance to win.