Kansas vs. Arkansas, Odds, Picks, TV: Expert predictions for the NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup

Saturday’s game between Kansas and Arkansas will be one game between two teams that barely know each other. They haven’t met on the hardwood since the 2005 Maui Invitational, which the Razorbacks won by one point. But when the two teams face off against the field in Des Moines on Saturday, KU will be the heavy favorites. It doesn’t take much for a game to fully swing through the NCAA tournament. For Kansas, that swing came on a four-minute, halftime stretch against Howard on Thursday to extend their lead from…

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March Mad Odds: Houston, Alabama, Kansas favored to win the NCAA Tournament

Alabama is the No. 1 seed going into the 2023 NCAA Tournament, but the Crimson Tide aren’t the favorites to cut corners. The Houston Cougars finished the regular season 31-3 and are the big favorites (+550) on BetMGM. On Sunday, Memphis beat the Cougars 75-65 in the American Collegiate Athletic Conference title game. Kansas (+800), Alabama (+800), Purdue (+1100) and UCLA (+1200) are the other teams close to the top spot. The 2023 Final Four will take place on Saturday, April 1, and the championship game will be played on…

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Kansas’ Bill Self is expected to return to the NCAA Tournament, assistant coach Norm Roberts said

Kansas men’s basketball coach Bill Self is expected to coach him to the NCAA championship, Jayhawks assistant coach Norm Roberts said Saturday. Here’s what you need to know: Self missed the Big 12 tournament due to a health issue. The university said Self did not suffer a heart attack, but spent the night as a patient at the University of Kansas Health System on March 8. Roberts coached in Self’s place at the Big 12 Championships. Kansas lost 76-56 to Texas in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday. background…

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch: Can Gonzaga snatch the second seed?

The big questions Tuesday night revolved around three of the mid-majors. Can St. Mary’s score an impressive win over Gonzaga in the Football World Cup championship game, confirming that the Gaels’ strong computer numbers deserve a correspondingly high rating? And will Oral Roberts and/or Charleston win their respective conference championships, or will they go to Selection Sunday in hopes of getting a big bid? Consider answering these questions definitively. Charleston outlasted UNC Wilmington in the CAA title game for their 30th win against a Division One. Meanwhile, Oral Roberts completed…

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Big 12 looking west, Pac-12 looking for TV deal: What we’re hearing about the realignment

This past July, weeks after the stunning Big Ten announcement of USC and UCLA, Pac-12 Commissioner George Klyafkov made a bold realignment prediction: “No Pac-12 school is going to the Big 12.” After eight months, we may finally learn whether his confidence was warranted or a feigned bravado. Kliavkoff is under pressure to offer its members a new media rights deal by the end of the month. If the dollar numbers or the details disappoint, March could be the moment when the Big 12 finally hits. Sources familiar with the…

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The Jayhawks pass the math test by scoring in the paint against Texas

LAWRENCE, Kansas — Kansas COO Fred Quartelbaum fired off an email Saturday night to Patrick Stacy, who runs a one-man scouting service that Kansas is involved with. Stacy asked if he could run the numbers on KU’s efficiency when the Jayhawks got rebounding touchdown paint and their efficiency based on the number of ball tackles they had. Stacy ran the numbers that night, hours after KU’s worst offensive score in conference play against Iowa State: • Paint touches the rebound: Average scoring of 55.4 and 1,173 points per possession• Zero…

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No. 13 Kansas State upsets No. 2 Kansas in an alley-game winning overtime

No. 13 Kansas State upsets No. 2 Kansas in dramatic fashion, securing an 83-82 win in overtime thanks to an alley-game winning tackle from Wildcats forward Keyontae Johnson. Here’s what you need to know: Johnson scored the final five points for Kansas State on Tuesday, with the game-winning dunk remaining with 24 seconds of overtime remaining. This loss ends a 10-game winning streak for the Jayhawks and is the first loss in the Big 12 Conference this season. The Wildcats improve to 16-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Perfect…

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Watch: Alabama is the top seed. Northwestern and Clemson

“They can’t imagine it… that someone like me would walk into their house, walk on their land…” – Cassian Andor When compiling this week’s segment, we were astounded by the inclusion of teams we’d never expected to have considered as recently as a few weeks ago. North-west? Pittsburgh? Clemson? UCF? wait … Is that true? It also got us thinking about another story focusing on underdogs who took the power structure by surprise: “Andor,” our favorite TV series of 2022. After the train wreck that was “The Book of Boba…

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Skillful coaching moves by Bill Self send Kansas to another win

Lawrence, was. – Bill Self was asked about a strange rule in college basketball on Saturday. There was a moment in the game when Oklahoma State had a 10-second backcourt violation, giving KU the ball in the frontcourt. The shot clock went to 20, which is why the question was asked. “Is this the way it’s supposed to be?” Self-knowledge is, of course, the norm. The table got it right. Anytime you start possession in the frontcourt, the shot clock is up to 20. He has thought about this rule…

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College basketball rankings: Illinois out, Miami in. And hey, New Mexico!

Merry Christmas after Christmas! I trust that the holiday treated everyone well, though there were a few precious college basketball games that caught our eye. As a result, there wasn’t much movement on top of the polls. The good news is that there are plenty of great matches to be shown this week, which top the list for Saturday’s packed New Year’s Eve. In the meantime, allow me to spread my usual holiday cheer by presenting the correct ranking of the top 25 college basketball teams, as presented to the…

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