Arkansas vs Kansas Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/18/23

Kansas Jayhawks (28-7) vs Arkansas Razorbacks (21-13)

Game Info: Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 5:15 pm (Wells Fargo Arena)

Betting Odds: Kansas Jayhawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas Jayhawks and Arkansas Razorbacks face off on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. This is the first meeting between the two teams in recent history.

Kansas Betting Preview

Kansas comes into this game with a 28-7 record overall and they have gone 17-18 against the spread. In the first game against Howard, Kansas pulled away near the end of the first half, and never looked back on the way to the victory. Kansas scored 50 points in the first half and another 46 points in the second half. Jalen Wilson had a strong game finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds. Gradey Dicks also finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Kansas is averaging 75.5 points while their defense is giving up 67.9 points per game. Wilson on the season is averaging 20.1 points while shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from behind the three point line. The status of coach Bill Self is unclear heading into this game. 

Arkansas Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is Arkansas who sits with a 21-13 record overall and they have gone 17-16-1 against the spread. In the first game of the NCAA Tournament, Arkansas faced off against Illinois and they were able to secure a 73-63 victory. Ricky Council IV had a strong game finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Arkansas is averaging 74.4 points while their defense is giving up 67.3 points per game. Ricky Council IV has been the top player for averaging 16 point while shooting 44.3 percent from the field. In this game if Arkansas can hit the shots from deep, they are going to have a chance in this game. 

Kansas vs Arkansas Trends

The Jayhawks are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points. The under is 6-0 in the Jayhawks last six games following a straight up win. The over is 4-0 in Arkansas's last four games on Saturday. 

Shane’s Free Pick

This number has moved down a bit, and that has opened up even more value with Kansas. Jalen Wilson is probably the second best player left in the tournament, and with the brightest lights on him, they are going to find a lot of success. Look for the Jayhawks offense to be too much here, and they are going to cover the spread. 

Shane’s Pick Kansas -3.5

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