March Madness Expert Picks: Northeastern vs. Kansas
The Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City will play host to first-round Midwest Region NCAA
Tournament action on Thursday. The second game on the docket will see the #13 seed Northeastern
Huskies square off with the #4 seed Kansas Jayhawks.
Our series of March Madness Predictions continues as we take a look at this contest in full detail.
Date/Time/TV: Thur. March 21, 4:00 PM EST, TNT
Vegas Odds March Madness
Spread: Kansas Jayhawks -7 (-110)
The Huskies took down Hofstra last week in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament final to
advance to the dance. They easily covered as 2.5-point favorites with an 8-point victory. For the year,
Northeastern is 23-10 (18-12-3 ATS).
The Jayhawks check in at 25-9 (15-18-1 ATS). The team closed out the regular season two games
behind co-leaders Texas Tech and Kansas State in the Big 12 standings. They made it to the
conference final game versus Iowa State, losing by 12 points as 1-point favorites.
Northeastern closed out the regular season on a roll by winning their last four games. The hot streak
continued into the CAA tournament, as the team ripped off three more victories to win and advance.
Over the last 10 games, the Huskies are 9-1 (6-3 ATS).
Team totals have been Over for three of the last five and lean that way on the season at 19-13. Vasa
Pusica is the top threat on offense for the Huskies with averages of 17.8 ppg and 4.2 apg. Jordan
Roland is next up with 14.7 ppg. Pusica led the way in the win over Hofstra with 21 points.
Kansas sputtered a bit at the end of the regular season with losses in two of its last five. For the last
10 games overall, the Jayhawks are 7-3 (6-4 ATS). The team handled business versus Texas and
West Virginia in the Big 12 tourney before coming up short in the title game.
Totals stand at 21-12-1 on the year with the Over coming in for five of the last six. Dedric Lawson
leads the way on offense with averages of 19.1 ppg and 10.3 boards. Devon Dotson contributes 12.1
ppg and 3.6 apg. Lawson was the leading scorer versus Iowa State with 19 points.
Northeastern vs. Kansas March Madness Prediction
This is Northeastern’s first appearance in the tournament since 2015. They made it to round two
before falling to Notre Dame by four points. Last year, Kansas made it all the way ot the Final Four
before losing to Villanova by a score of 95-79.
Northeastern has a slight edge in points per game, while we can say the same about Kansas on points
allowed. The Huskies have enough talent to keep it interesting for awhile, but they don’t have the
firepower to seal the deal. We’ll take Kansas minus the points.
Northeastern Huskies vs. Kansas Jayhawks NCAA Tournament Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -7 (-