Well. 1 Kansas meets No. 10 Miami in the Elite Eight round of the 2022 men’s basketball tournament Sunday.
The game is at the United Center in Chicago. Tip off is scheduled for 2:20 pm ET, and the game will be televised on CBS.
Kansas (31-6) is the Lone No. 1 seed left in the 2022 NCAA tournament, and the Jayhawks advanced to the Elite Eight after a 66-61 Victory against No. 4 Providence. Bill Self, who has led the Jayhawks to three Final Four Appearances, has this team under control.
Miami (26-10) is making its first Elite Eight appearance under Jim Larranaga, the 72-year-old Coach who took George Mason to the Final Four in 2006, after a 70-56 Victory against No. 11 Iowa State on Friday. The Hurricanes are an experienced team with three senior starters.
Here’s everything to know about betting on Kansas vs. Miami in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including updated odds, Trends and our Prediction for the Elite Eight game.
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Kansas vs. Miami odds
- Spread: Kansas -6.5
- Over / under: 148
- Moneyline: TBD
The Jayhawks open as 6.5-point favorites, but it’s worth knowing they have failed to cover the spread in their last two victories. Lines courtesy of Sports Interaction.
Three betting Trends to watch
– Kansas is an eight-game winning streak, but the Jayhawks are 5-3 ATS in those games.
– The Jayhawks are 7-2 S / U but 4-5 ATS in games where they are favored between five and 10 points.
– Miami has been a super-dog all season. The Hurricanes are 9-4 S / U and 11-2 ATS as an underdog this season.
Kansas key players
Kansas plays seven players and averages 78.4 points per game. SN All-American guard Ochai Agbaji leads Kansas with 18.9 points per game, but he’s coming off a rough shooting night against Providence. Jalen Wilson (11 ppg., 7.2 rebounds) filled in with a double-double against the Friars, and he forms a dominant front-court with David McCormack (10.0 ppg). Charles Braun (14.6 ppg) and Dajuan Harris (5.1 ppg) round out the back-court, and Remy Martin (8.1 ppg) and Mitch Lightfoot (4.7 ppg) this time off the bench.
Miami key players
The Hurricanes have an experienced starting five with three transfers in Cameron McGusty, Charlie Moore and Jordan Miller. McGusty leads the Hurricanes with 17.5 points per game, and he stepped up with 27 points in the Victory against the Cyclones. Isaiah Wong (15.5 ppg), Moore (12.8 ppg) and Miller (10.1 ppg) give Miami four guards that average double figures. Sam Waardenburg, a 6-10 center for Aukland, New Zealand, averages 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Best Individual Matchup: Charlie Moore vs. Dajuan Harris
Harris and Remy Martin will also have this time on Moore, who played at Kanas for one season. Moore had nine assists for the Hurricanes and plays tough at a 5-11 frame. The senior has been a facilitator in Miami’s offense. He has 21 assists and just seven turnovers in the tournament.
Kansas vs. Miami stat to know
Kansas had just seven assists in the Sweet 16 Victory against Providence, and they will have to move the ball more effectively against the Hurricanes, who have 33 steals in three tournament games. The Jayahawks’ back-court will come into focus in this matchup, and Agbaji must shoot the ball better.
Get to know … Remy Martin, G, Kansas
The Arizona State transfer has been a super sub for the Jayhawks in the tournament. He’s averaging 19.3 points in three tournament games, and he’s shooting 57.1% from the floor. He’s not afraid to shoot, and he’s taken advantage of the extra minutes. Martin will also have time on Moore in this matchup.
Kansas vs. Miami Prediction
The Hurricanes have played Loose as a double-digit seed in victories against No. 7 USC, no. 2 Auburn and No. 11 Iowa State. The turnovers have helped mask a defense that hasn’t been efficient at times, and Kansas’ front line of Wilson and McCormack can alter shots. The Jayhawks shot poorly against Providence, but the defense stepped up. Miami will lead at Halftime, but Agbaji and Wilson will spur a second-half comeback, and the Jayhawks’ defense will lock down in crunch time. It won’t be comfortable, but Kansas Advances to the Final Four.
Final score: Kansas 78, Miami 73