Howard vs Kansas Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/16/23

Kansas Jayhawks (27-7) vs Howard Bison (21-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 2:00 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)

Betting Odds: Kansas Jayhawks -22.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas Jayhawks will play the Howard Bison in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the West Region at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.

Kansas Preview

The Kansas Jayhawks are 27-7 (13-5) this season after they lost to Texas by a score of 76-56 in the Big 12 Championship game. Kansas has won nine of their last eleven games, with both losses coming against Texas. The Kansas Jayhawks are averaging 74.9 points per game, 67.9 points against per game, 16.4 assists per game, and 35.9 rebounds per game. Jalen Wilson has led the Jayhawks this season with 20.1 points per game, 8.4 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game. Kansas is shooting 46.6% from the field, 71.7% on free throws, and 34.4% on three pointers this year.

Howard Preview

The Howard Bison are 22-12 (11-3) this season after they defeated Norfolk State by a score of 65-64 in the MEAC Tournament Final. Howard has played fantastic basketball over the last couple of months, winning 14 of their last 16 games. The Howard Bison are averaging 75.5 points per game, 71.9 points against per game, 35.8 rebounds per game, and 14.9 assists per game. Elijah Hawkins has led the Bison this season with 13 points per game, 5.9 assists per game, and 3.7 rebounds per game. Howard is shooting 46.1% from the field, 71.4% on free throws, and 37.7% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

Howard is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The under is 7-1 in Howard’s last 8 neutral site games. Kansas is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. The under is 7-0 in Kansas’ last 7 games and the under is 4-0 in their last 4 neutral site games. 

Pick

Howard has been playing very good basketball this season, but Kansas should have no issues in this game. Kansas is the better team by far and they should be able to get whatever they want on the offensive end of the floor. Howard has been able to score a good amount of points this season and they are shooting over 46% from the field, so I think we are going to see a lot of points here. I like the over. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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