College Basketball: Men’s Championship Midwest Region
Sweet 16 PUR vs. KU
#4 Purdue Boilermakers (27-7) at #1 Kansas Jayhawks (30-4)
March 23, 2017- 9:39 PM ET (TV CBS) Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
The second matchup in the Midwest Region on Thursday night in Kansas City will feature what should be a thriller as the No. 4 Purdue Boilermakers will tip it off against No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in a Sweet 16 contest that has the following promo bonuses from our best sportsbooks;
Best Boilermakers Lines: MyBookie Spread (+5) ML +185
Best Jayhawks Lines: BetOnline Spread (-5) ML -220
Over/Under: 5Dimes 157.0
Picked by many to win it all, the 30-4 and top-seeded Jayhawks will play “host” to Purdue when they take to the floor at the Sprint Center; an arena that is less than an hour away from the home of Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse. And once they take to the hardwood, we can expect most of the 18,900-plus in attendance to be dressed in Jayhawk colors.
Purdue at 27-7 will be challenged in this matchup but will utilize their size to try to offset the small ball and quickness of Kansas… not to mention the energy and hostile environment of what will be a pro-Kansas crowd.
Paced by big man and possible national player of the year candidate in Caleb Swanigan and his NCAA-leading 28 double-doubles, the Boilermakers will lean on their bigs to counter the Kansas offense, which uses four guards.
And that four guard attack is led by the dynamic duo of Frank Mason III and freshman sensation Josh Jackson and his 16.6, 7.1 and 2.9 assists per game. Jackson will pose a matchup problem for the Purdue guards with his 6-foot-8 size.
Purdue earned their way to the semifinals by defeating Vermont 80-70 and Iowa State 80-76, while the Jayhawks made easy work of UC Davis (100-76) and Michigan State (90-70); a game that was tight most of the way until the Jayhawks turned it into high gear.
The offenses of both teams will match the Boilermakers and their 80.1 points per game versus Kansas and their 83.4 points per game.
Kansas will use their quickness and speed to try to offset the size of Purdue; a matchup they feel confident about as do our best sportsbooks such as BetOnline who favor KU (-5) points over PUR with an over/under of 157 total game points scored from 5Dimes.
Staying with the top-seeded team, I will favor the Jayhawks MINUS the points (-5) over Purdue for the win to advance to the Elite 8 on Saturday as my sportsbetting pick.