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Arkansas vs Kansas Pick & Preview: Saturday, March 18th Betting Odds
Razorbacks vs Jayhawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Arkansas Razorbacks at Kansas Jayhawks
- Where: Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena (IA)
- Date: Saturday, March 18th
- Betting Odds: Arkansas +4, ARK +154 | KAN -188 O/U 143.5
The Arkansas Razorbacks head into today’s game in what will be their 34th game of the season, posting a record of 20-13. So far, the Razorbacks have played 14 games on the road, with a record of 5-9. For the season, Arkansas has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 2-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Razorbacks being +4 point underdogs.
Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Ricky Council IV, who is averaging 15.91 points per contest. So far, IV has accounted for 21.38% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.36 rebounds per game and 2.27 assists. Anthony Black is the second leading scorer for the Razorbacks, averaging 12.85 points per game. Between him and Black, they are accounting for 38.6% of the team’s scoring.
Arkansas comes into today’s matchup vs Kansas, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 76.9 points per game. Through 33 games, they have hit 44.0% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Razorbacks have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 306th in possessions per game.
Kansas will take the floor against the Razorbacks with an overall record of 27-7. So far this season, Kansas has played 21 games at home, sitting with a record of 19-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Jayhawks as the -4 point favorites. The Jayhawks have been favored 30 times, going 25-5 straight up.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 20.09 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 8.41 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gradey Dick, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.15 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.1% of his shots and is adding 4.91 boards per game.
So far this season, Kansas has put together a strong scoring offense at 78.6 points per game (31st). This strong figure has come despite the Jayhawks playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.5% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Kansas’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.1%
Free Spread Prediction: Arkansas Razorbacks +4
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Kansas Jayhawks are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -4. However, we anticipate Arkansas putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Jayhawks as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Razorbacks to cover.