Now that we’ve reached the Sweet Sixteen round of the March Madness betting tournament, sportsbook players can try to recover any losses that were suffered during the tournament’s opening weekend. This year’s First Round of contests brought with it more surprises and upsets than most sportsbook players were prepared for, and we’ll have to see if this upcoming weekend’s action is as unpredictable.
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Fans who are looking to place basketball bets on this upcoming weekend’s action will have to choose between 8 games. Those 8 games will be split between Friday and Thursday and afterwards bettors can bet this weekend’s action.
The NCAA Tournament will continue to build up its drama and looking over the matchups on deck for Thursday and Friday, it’s clear that one matchup fans across the nation will be keeping a close watch on is the contest between Purdue and Kansas. At first it might not seem all that interesting, but when accounting for how many upsets we saw in the First Round, bettors will want to know if Kansas will suffer a similar fate.
Purdue vs. Kansas – Thursday, March 23
When: 9:39 pm ET
Where: Sprint Center, 1407 Grand Blvd, Kansas City
NCAA Basketball Tournament Line:
Purdue Boilermakers +5 (-110) 156 ½ (-110) +178
Kansas Jayhawks -5 (-110) 156 ½ (-110) -215
The Boilermakers were itching to get back into the NCAA Tournament after failing to advance past the First Round in last year’s rendition. Not only has Purdue posted one more win on their record than the previous year, they can let out a sigh of relief knowing that they’ve already made deeper progress into the March Madness betting tournament.
Purdue comes into this contest flashing a 27-7 record (14-4 Big Ten) that was good enough to land the Boilermakers a 1st place finish in the Big Ten Standings. Once in the Big Ten Tournament, were unable to make it past the quarterfinals were Michigan sent Purdue home packing 70-74 in overtime.
The Boilermakers will turn to Caleb Swanigan to lead them against top-ranked Kansas. Swanigan is leading the team in points thanks to his average of 18.5 points, 12.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.
After being sent home in the Elite Eight round of last year’s tournament by Villanova, the Jayhawks were eager to get back on the court to bring glory back to Kansas once more. So far they’re right on track to accomplish just that.
Kansas slides into this contest sporting a 30-4 record (16-2 Big 12) that gave way to a 1st place finish in Big 12 standings. However, that 1st place finish didn’t amount to much in the Big 12 Tournament as the Jayhawks were eliminated by TCU in the quarterfinals 85-82.
The Jayhawks will turn to leading point-scorer Frank Mason III to lead them against Purdue. Mason III is currently draining 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per outing.