Game Time: 2:20 pm ET, Sunday, March 27, 2022
Venue: United Center, Chicago, IL
Where to Watch: CBS
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Miami +6.5, Kansas -6.5; Over/Under: 148 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Miami +6.5, Kansas -6.5; Over/Under: 148 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Miami +6.5, Kansas -6.5; Over/Under: 147.5 points
Miami Hurricanes: 25-10 (4th place, ACC)
Kansas Jayhawks: 30-6 (1st place, Big 12)
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Miami Hurricanes vs Kansas Jayhawks Preview and Analysis
Miami Hurricanes: 4-1 last 5
Kansas Jayhawks: 5-0 last 5
Miami Hurricanes Analysis
Miami is coming into this game with a 26-10 record overall and they are 6-3 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 6 of their last 7 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Duke Blue Devils while their 6 wins in that span came against the Boston College Eagles, the Syracuse Orange, Boston College again, the USC Trojans, the Auburn Tigers, and the Iowa State Cyclones in their last game. Kameron McGusty led the team in points in that game with 27 while Jordan Miller was next on the team with 16 points. Charlie Moore led the team in assists in that game with 9 while Sam Waardenburg led the team in rebounds with 8. They were 46.4% from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range, and 64.3% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 74.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 70.6 PPG against them. Miami has an ATS record of 20-15 this season and their O/U record is 20-15.
Kansas Jayhawks Analysis
Kansas is coming into this game with a 31-6 record overall and they are 9-1 in their neutral site games this season where they will be in this game. Their last loss was against the TCU Horned Frogs but they have gone on an 8 game winning streak since then with wins coming against TCU, the Texas Longhorns, the West Virginia Mountaineers, TCU again, the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and the Texas Southern Tigers, the Creighton Bluejays, and the Providence Friars in their last game. Remy Martin off the bench led the team in points in that game with 23 while Jalen Wilson was next on the team with 16 points. Martin led the team in assists in that game with 3 while Jalen Wilson led the team in rebounds with 11. They were 39.3% from the field, 14.3% from 3-point range, and 71.4% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 78.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 67.9 PPG against them. Kansas has an ATS record of 18-19 this season and their O/U record is 19-16-2.
Miami vs Kansas Prediction
Miami is coming into this game as a 6.5 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Miami has been playing very well in their recent games and they are coming off of a win by double digits in their last game. They have made it to the Elite Eight as a 10 seed and they have pulled off some upsets along the way as well. They upset USC in round 1 with a win by 2 points but then they followed that up with a win by close to 20 points against the number 2 seed Auburn. They have won 6 of their last 7 games and have been heating up the deeper they go into this tourney. They are going up against a Kansas side that has also been playing very well recently but even though they have been winning a lot of games, they have not been winning by a lot of points in their games. They smashed Texas Southern in round 1 but their last 2 games have been much closer for them. They let Creighton hang around with them in that game winning it by 7 points and they just followed up with a 5 point win against Providence in a game where they pulled away by a lot in the first half but let Providence creep back in the 2nd half. Miami has been playing very well and they will likely give Kansas a good challenge here, a better one than they have faced in the tourney yet. Kansas is the better team here and should come away with the win but Miami will keep this game close and cover the spread here.
Miami Kansas Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Sunday, March 27, 2022 (2:20 pm ET start time) is Kansas 72 Miami 68.
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Miami Hurricanes: Will be posted by 2:00am EST, 03/27/2022.
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Miami Hurricanes: H. Beverly (G) out for season - Back injury.
Kansas Jayhawks: B. Pettiford (G) out for season - Abdominal injury. K. Cuffe Jr (G) out for season - Redshirt.
“It’s probably not a great analogy, but it would be like playing a chess match and you start the match without your queen, one rook and one bishop. We were so short-handed. We only had six guys, seven guys. You can’t go up and down. You can’t develop the chemistry and the bond of players. You can’t learn the offense when you’re not even going against a defense.” - Jim Larranaga on his team this season compared to his team last season.
"Overall, it's getting better. Our first-shot defense was pretty good. They hurt us on the glass a little bit in the first half, but I do think we're more connected defensively than we have been all year." - Bill Self on his team’s defense after their win against Providence in the last round.
PPG: K. McGusty (17.5)
APG: C. Moore (4.3)
Reb/G: J. Miller (6)
PPG: O. Agbaji (19.8)
APG: D. Harris (4.4)
Reb/G: J. Wilson (7.3)
Miami Hurricanes: Jim Larranaga (11th season)
Kansas Jayhawks: Bill Self (19th season)