Providence Friars vs Kansas Jayhawks Predictions and Picks
The Providence Friars will face the Kansas Jayhawks in this Sweet 16 matchup. These two teams have not faced one another before.
The Providence Friars enjoyed a successful season in tough Big East. They mowed through their non-conference opponents and went 14-3 in conference play.
Providence was up against South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the First Round. The Jackrabbits were a 13-seed in their region but on a 21-game winning streak. However, the Friars came out hot and had a 31-23 lead at the end of the First Half. The Jackrabbits tried to claw their way back into it but lost 66-57. Al Durham had a great all-around game with his 13 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
The Friars defeated the Richmond Spiders to reach the Second Round. This game was won by Providence throughout. They led 39-24 at the end of the first half and scored another 40 points in the second half. They won 79-51 behind Noah Horchler’s team-leading 16 points. Horchler also had 14 rebounds.
Providence might have had a great record but their victories were mainly by one digit. To win, they must build a large lead in the first quarter.
The Kansas Jayhawks are one of the best in recent years. The Jayhawks, like the Friars, mowed through non-conference opponents and went 16-2. Although they struggled in conference play, it was not enough to make them the top team. They went 14-4 and won a share of the Big 12 title.
Kansasas faced the Texas Southern Tigers. The Tigers might have well not shown up; they were down by 28 points at the end of the first half. Although the Tigers won the second half by a larger margin, it was still too little too late. Kansas won 83-56. Remy Martin led all Kansas scorers with 15 points off the bench. He was 6-8 in the field.
The Jayhawks faced a tough second round matchup against the Creighton Blue Jays. While the game was tight until the final few minutes, Kansas won with some clutch shots. They won 79-72 against an injured Creighton team. This game Remy Martin played a larger role than usual off the bench. He played 29 minutes and scored 20 points on 7-14 shooting. Kansas is an offensively strong team with a very experienced squad. They will win the game close.
Kansas beats Providence 78-71. Providence covers, Over 141.5 points.
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Head-to-Head: Providence Friars vs Kansas Jayhawks
Providence Head-to-Head Kansas Ed cooley Head Coach Bill Self 27-5 (14-3, 1st in Big East) Standing 30-6 (14-4, 1st in Big 12) Leader (Per Game) Nate Watson (13.5) PPG Ochai Agbaji (19.3) Noah Horchler (8.5) RPG Jalen Wilson (7.2) Jared Bynum (4.1) APG Dajuan Harris Jr. (4.2) Jared Bynum (1.0) SPG Dajuan Harris Jr. (1.4) Noah Horchler (0.8) BPG David McCormack (0.9) Ed Crosswell (. 655) FG% Mitch Lightfoot (. 673) Noah Horchler (. 410) 3P% Jalen Coleman-Lands (. 453)
Why Might the Providence Friars Win?
Not many people think the Providence Friars will win this game. They can win if they make turnovers and defend the rim.
Providence doesn’t have the best defense. They give up 66.2 points per game and only average 5.0 steals. They can improve their defense and step up the game. They can limit Jayhawks scoring chances by stealing the ball from Kansas often.
Providence is home to some big men, including Noah Horchler and Nate Watson. They can score but defense is where the true test lies. The Friars must protect the rim and lock down Kansas’ large men. They will allow the Friars to win if they can do so.
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Why might the Kansas Jayhawks win?
The Kansas Jayhawks are odds-on favourites to win. The Jayhawks must win the rebounding contest and make free throws.
Kansas shoots pretty well from the free throw line; they hit 72.4% of their free throw attempts. This game, they must draw fouls as well as convert their free throws. By shooting from the line, they can create a lead.
Kansas, Providence each get about the same number of rebound per game. Although the Jayhawks are good at rebounding, this game will require more teamwork. They will prevail in rebounding if they can rebound together.
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Friars Key Player: (F) Noach Horchler
Noah Horchler has shot the ball very well in March Madness. The 6’8″ senior forward is coming off a 16-point game against Richmond. He shot 6-10 overall and 4-6 from deep. Richmond couldn’t stop him and he made Richmond pay. Horchler also came up big on the boards and had 14 rebounds.
Horchler must continue to improve his rebounding and shot. His duties may include guarding Christian Braun or David McCormack. He must lock him down, no matter who it is.
Jayhawks Key Player (G) RemyMartin
RemyMartin missed much of the season due to injuries, and didn’t play as well when he was fully healthy. He was a shining star for Kansas in March, leading them to victory over Creighton.
Martin is averaging 17.5 points and 4.0 assists over the last two games. The Jayhawks will be in good shape if he keeps hitting his shots, setting up his teammates and making them successful.
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Providence Friars vs Kansas Jayhawks Information What Providence Friars vs Kansas Jayhawks Where United Center, Chicago, Illinois When Friday, March 25, 7: 29 PM EST How to Watch TBS