Sports Betting Picks 03-25-2017 Kansas Vs. Oregon
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — En route to the Elite Eight, Kansas won its three NCAA Tournament games by an average of 30 points, averaging 96 points in that span.
Slowing down the top-seeded Jayhawks will be the task for third-seeded Oregon in the Midwest Regional final Saturday (8:49 p.m. EDT) at Sprint Center. To make it a little more of a challenge, the Ducks must do it in a hostile environment.
Sprint Center is less than an hour’s drive from Lawrence, Kan., the home of the Jayhawks, so the arena will be filled with Kansas fans.
“We look forward to the challenge. It’s an opportunity to play,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said before Kansas easily dispatched Purdue 98-66. “Kansas is Kansas. Obviously look out there. There is a little green section and a dark blue section. Royal blue filled everything else. It will be a tough ballgame because it’s a road game.”
Kansas’ players know the advantage of having most of the 18,000-plus fans behind them.
“Playing here in K.C. is great,” Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham said. “The crowd (is) behind us and they give us so much momentum and energy throughout the game. It’s just great to be here.”
Oregon is a good matchup for Kansas because of similar styles. Kansas relies on four guards in their starting lineup, while Oregon plays small with the loss of 6-10 forward Chris Boucher to injury late in the season.
“(I have a) ton of respect (for Oregon),” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “(They’re) unbelievably athletic. They’re like us, they’re going to play small a lot of the time because they will play Dillon (Brooks) at the 4 like we play Josh and then play the best defender in the Pac-12, Defensive Player of the Year around the middle, kind of like we do Landen (Lucas). So I think it will be two teams that at least match up with each other pretty well.”
Kansas is led by national player of the year candidate Frank Mason III. He was averaging 20.8 points per game coming into the NCAA Tournament. He scored 26 points against Purdue. He can drive to the basket, shoot from the outside (he was 4-of-5 from 3-point range against the Boilermakers and shoots 47.2 percent on the season), and he loves to pass, averaging 5.2 assists per game.
Oregon’s go-to player is Brooks, who leads the Ducks with 16.4 points per game. He can bring the ball up court, though he plays the power-forward position for the Ducks with the absence of Boucher.
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