NCAA Tournament: Kansas vs. Duke fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Sunday, March 25
Game Time: 5:05 pm ET
Venue: CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, NE
All You Really Need To Know About Kansas
It hasn’t been easy, but the Jayhawks are still alive.
That’s not always a given in the tournament for Bill Self’s always-talented teams.
They had to fight to get past Seton Hall in the second round, and they took their foot off the gas to get by Clemson, but again, they’re here.
It was a balanced attack that got Kansas past the Tigers – with six players scoring nine points or more – helped by a huge day from three and a great overall day from the field. If the Jayhawks can keep hitting over 45% from beyond the arc, they’re all but unstoppable.
But they also have to put together more complete games, letting Clemson stay alive, missing free throws, and not dominating on the boards like they have the size to do.
This is an amazing passing team that continues to be great at finding the right shot, there’s enough firepower to get into a shootout, and they’re fantastic from the field. But it’ll have to play a full 40 minutes to get by Duke.
All You Really Need To Know About Duke
Syracuse was a dangerous team to deal with. It knew how to play next-level D, it had a coach as strong as Duke’s, it had more size, and it was able to play like it had nothing to lose.
Don’t get caught up in the 69-65 final score. That was a war.
It helped that the Orange missed some key free throws, but the Blue Devils locked down from three – Syracuse hit just 4-of-13 – and they managed to come up with enough offensive rebounds to stay in control of the game.
Duke couldn’t hit from three, either, connecting on just 5-of-26, but it closed out strong.
Usually turnovers are a problem, but the Blue Devils tightened up against the Orange, giving away just seven. But they pass well, they know how to own the inside, and they’re amazing from the field, hitting almost 50% of their shots. And …
What’s Going To Happen
Duke’s going to win on the boards.
The Blue Devils move the ball better than Kansas, they rebound better, and they’re every bit as good from the field.
It’ll be a classic – this might just be the national championship – with Duke owning the interior and hitting the free throws the Jayhawks won’t.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Duke 76, Kansas 71
Line: Duke -3, o/u: 143
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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