Kansas Vs Creighton: NCAA Tournament Second Round Betting Lines, Odds And Trends – March 19, 2022

Written By Staff on March 18, 2022 - Last Updated on March 19, 2022

The No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks (29-6) will attempt to book a trip to the Sweet 16 in an NCAA Tournament Round of 32 matchup against the No. 9 seed Creighton Bluejays (23-11) on Saturday at Dickies Arena, tipping off at 2:40 PM on CBS. Keep reading to find betting insights and statistics to help place a wager on the Jayhawks’ (-552 to win on the moneyline) matchup with the Bluejays (+400).

The betting trends in this article reference odds valid as of March 18, 2022 at 4:00 AM ET.

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Kansas vs Creighton Betting Odds

Analysis

by Ryan Minion

For Creighton, who rallied back from a 20-point deficit on Thursday night to defeat eighth-seeded San Diego State, a win over the Jayhawks would be momentous for their program.

According to Shot Quality, the Jayhawks are one of the most efficient teams in the country when it comes to their quality of field goals, specifically their shot selection ranks in the top five in the entire country. If Creighton is to hang around with arguably the most talented team in the country, they must rely on their defensive efficiency. Luckily, the Jays excel in a number of defensive metrics – including 3FG% and opponent FG% on shots attacking the rim (4th).

Despite some of Creighton’s impressive defensive metrics, they have three freshman in their starting line-up, and I believe they lack the experience to hang with an offensive juggernaut like the Jayhawks. Ochai Agbaji, the 6’5” guard and Naismith Player of Year candidate, will create a number of matchup issues for this young Creighton team.

Although the Jayhawks are evidently a far superior team to Creighton, 11.5 may be too many to lay in this against an athletic, well-coached Jays team.

Kansas Offense Vs. Creighton Defense

Kansas Offense Stats (Rank) Creighton Defense
78.7 (22) Points/Gm 66 (77)
70.4 (80) Possessions/Game 67.5 (114)
48.2 (15) Field Goal % 39.6 (24)
35.9 (60) 3PT % 31.5 (72)
54.2 (34) Effective FG % 44.9 (16)
56.9 (49) True Shooting % 47.9 (12)

Creighton Offense Vs. Kansas Defense

Creighton Offense Stats (Rank) Kansas Defense
69.1 (227) Points/Gm 67.8 (135)
67.7 (192) Possessions/Game 70.7 (266)
45 (115) Field Goal % 41.6 (84)
30.3 (326) 3PT % 29.8 (21)
50.8 (150) Effective FG % 46.6 (42)
54.2 (153) True Shooting % 49.4 (35)

Kansas Betting Insights

  • Kansas has compiled a 20-17-0 ATS record so far this year.
  • When playing as at least 10-point favorites this season, the Jayhawks have an ATS record of 9-9.
  • Kansas and its opponents have combined to go over the point total 19 out of 37 times this season.
  • In 30 of 37 games this season, Kansas and its opponents have scored more than 136.5 points.
  • The average point total in Jayhawks matchups this year is 141.8, 5.3 more points than this game’s over/under.

Creighton Betting Insights

  • Creighton has won 18 games against the spread this year, while failing to cover or pushing 16 times.
  • The Bluejays have covered the spread once this year (1-1 ATS) when playing as at least 10-point underdogs.
  • Creighton’s games have gone over the point total 13 out of 36 times this year.
  • Creighton has played 16 games this season that have had more than 136.5 combined points scored.
  • Bluejays contests this season have a 137.4-point average over/under, 0.9 more points than this game’s point total.
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Kansas Key Players

  • Ochai Agbaji leads the Jayhawks scoring 19.4 points per game.
  • Dajuan Harris leads Kansas with 4.3 assists a game and David McCormack paces the squad with 7.1 rebounds per contest.
  • Agbaji is the top three-point shooter for the Jayhawks, hitting 2.7 per game.
  • Kansas’ steals leader is Harris, who collects 1.5 per game. Christian Braun leads the team averaging 0.9 blocks an outing.

Creighton Key Players

  • Ryan Hawkins holds the top Bluejays spot in two categories: scoring (13.8 points per game) and rebounding (7.8 rebounds per game).
  • Ryan Nembhard holds the title of Creighton assist leader, dishing out 4.4 assists per game this season.
  • Hawkins is tops from three-point range for the Bluejays, knocking down 2.2 treys per game.
  • Nembhard tops Creighton in steals with 1.3 per game, and Ryan Kalkbrenner leads the squad in blocks with 2.6 per game.
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