If there is such a thing as aThe lone remaining 1-seed in the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament is second choice to win the National Championship. The Kansas Jayhawks enter their Final Four Semifinal versus the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday the chalk to win and take on the Duke vs. North Carolina winner on Monday night. Will the Jayhawks prove their backers correct? Or will they end up missing out on cutting down the nets?
Nitrobetting is ready to dish out some timely assists to our bettors all throughout the 2022 March Madness season. This time, let’s check out an analysis of theKansas Jayhawks along with odds to win the 2022National Championship and a betting prediction.
Are the Kansas Jayhawks a Safe Bet in the Final Four?
2022 Kansas Jayhawks Analysis
Most consider the Big 12 this season’s top conference. Based on NCAA Tournament performance, that’s not far from the truth. The team from the Big 12 that has emerged as it’s leader is Kansas. The Jayhawks are the only 1-seed to march to this year’s Final Four. No doubt, the reason for that march is Ochai Agbaji, one of the most gifted players in the nation.
Agbaji averages 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and close to 2 assists per game. He can dominate. But the Jayhawks don’t require Agbaji to dominate to win games. Remy Martin, who plays off the bench, dropped 23 onto the Friars. Martin also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a block. He’s the reason the Jayhawks beat Providence 66-60. 6’ 10” forward David McCormack and 6’ 8” forward Jalen Wilson man the middle. Bill Self likes to use three-guard sets.
Christian Braun is listed as a guard, but he averages over 6 boards a game to go along with close to 15 points per. Dajuan Harris also starts at guard. Martin often spells Harris. The Jayhawk defense allows less than 30% from three and less than 42% from the field. Kansas is talented enough to win a shootout, like when beating Kansas State 102-83 in February, or a defensive struggle, like when beating Providence in the Sweet 16.
Like Jay Wright at Villanova, Bill Self has become one of the greatest college coaches in history. Although Self has won just one title, in 2008, this will be Self’s fourth Final Four appearance as the Kansas Jayhawks’ head coach.
Odds on Kansas to Win the 2022 National Championship
The odds make Kansas the second choice to win the NCAA Title. Only Duke offers lower odds than Kansas. At +180 to cut down the nets, oddsmakers believe Rock Chalk Jayhawk will beat the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday and then set up a gargantuan battle with the Duke Blue Devils for the championship on Monday night.
Kansas Jayhawks Prediction
The +180 odds on the Jayhawks also make them an underlay. Although Kansas has the ability to beat Villanova on Saturday and either Duke or North Carolina on Monday night, the Jayhawks chances aren’t any better than Villanova’s. They may not be any better than North Carolina’s. The odds make it difficult to back Kansas to win the championship.
Odds aside, though, Kansas hasn’t proven itself versus the best of the best. They did during the regular season when beating teams like Texas Tech, Texas, and Baylor. But during the NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks have had the easiest road. Texas Southern posed no problem. Creighton pushed the Jayhawks in a 79-72 Kansas win. Providence had a shot to upset Kansas and Miami had a 6-point lead before falling apart in the second half. The Hurricanes, no doubt, were too tired to keep up with Kansas.
Villanova had to beat Ohio State, Michigan, and Houston on their way to the Final Four. The Wildcats are poised to upset the Jayhawks on Saturday, which means Kansas’ NCAA Tournament ends in their Final Four Semifinal contest.
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