The Eastern Washington Eagles and the Kansas Jayhawks engage each other in a high-flying game this Saturday in the first round of the 2021 March Madness. Check out our preview of this game below, along with our prediction for the winner and final score.
Betting Preview for the Eastern Washington Eagles vs Kansas Jayhawks NCAA College Basketball Game on March 20 2021
Where: Indiana Farmers Coliseum
When: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 1:15 PM ET
TV Broadcast: TBS
Betting on the Eastern Washington Eagles (+11)
Record: 16-7 Overall / 12-3 Conference
Eastern Washington will need junior center Tanner Groves to be at his absolute best if the Eagles are to shock the world in the first round. Groves has been sensational this season as a do-it-all beast for Eastern Washington, which boasts of five players averaging at least 10.0 points per game. This season, Groves is averaging 16.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. He has stepped it up even more of late, as he seems to have improved his outside shot, making 36.7 percent of his attempts from behind the arc during the recent title run by Eastern Washington in the Big Sky tournament. The Eagles are among the highest-scoring teams in the nation, as they are averaging 78.0 points per game. Eastern Washington can be deadly from long range, with five players shooting at least 37.8 percent on their 3-point shots.
Eastern Washington is 8-2 against the spread in its last 10 games.
Betting on the Kansas Jayhawks (-11)
Record: 20-8 Overall / 12-6 Conference
Unlike the other blue bloods like the Duke Blue Devils and the Kentucky Wildcats, Kansas earned a March Madness berth despite looking shaky in the regular season. But a strong finish to the season had Bill Self’s team turning the heads of the Selection Committee. Kansas defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Baylor Bears, and the Oklahoma Sooners during a hot 8-1 stretch over their past nine games, heading into the NCAA National Tournament. Kansas had the best scoring defense in the Big 12, where the Jayhawks allowed just 64.7 points per game on 40.0 percent shooting from the field — also the best defensively in the conference. Kansas is also getting a boost just in time for the first round, with David McCormack coming back after getting sidelined by COVID-19. McCormack is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.
Kansas is 7-2-1 against the spread in its last 10 games overall.
Kansas wins, 77-66.
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