Injuries Could Impact Matchup
The Creighton Bluejays did well to progress past the first round, but they could be in deep trouble against the Kansas Jayhawks.
Creighton picked up some injuries in its win over San Diego State, hence NCAA odds having it at +11½ to beat No. 1 Kansas.
The Jayhawks were comfortable in their opening round, so they’re looking good.
Let’s check the latest news, stats, injury reports, and March Madness Odds for Creighton vs Kansas. We’ve plenty of predictions for you to consider.
Can Creighton Hold On?
It was a bittersweet victory for the ninth-seeded Creighton Bluejays in the opening round. The 72-69 overtime win over San Diego State was terrific, but they could be without some important names.
Ryan Kalkbrenner went down late in the game, and although that doesn’t spell curtains for the Bluejays, it doesn’t help their cause.
They’ll need to be at full strength to beat the Jayhawks, which is why the sportsbook has a double-digit difference in betting markets.
Despite the injuries, Creighton is 20-14 against the spread, so it has been a good bet. It can’t be ruled out and it has already shown toughness to win.
Kansas Flexes Muscles
The Kansas Jayhawks were -21½ favorites to beat Texas Southern and the win was never in doubt.
The 83-56 victory saw the Jayhawks cover the spread and progress to the second round, where they’re expected to win comfortably again.
The top seed survived a dangerous game, which pleased head coach Bill Self.
“It was a good team win, certainly one that I’m glad we got, especially in this crazy tournament and this crazy day,” Self told ESPN.
“We did a lot of really good things in the first half. I thought we shared it, defended, rebounded the ball pretty well, and after we kind calmed our nerves down a little bit, we were very efficient in the first half.”
March Madness betting has Kansas right in contention to win the title, so there is market confidence.
Creighton vs Kansas Head-to-Head
The Creighton Bluejays and Kansas Jayhawks met in 2020, when the Jayhawks scored a narrow 73-72 victory.
They were the -3½ favorites, so they won the game but failed to cover the spread.
Creighton vs Kansas Game Information
- Game: Creighton Bluejays (23-11) at Kansas Jayhawks (29-6)
- Location: Dickies Arena
- Day/Time: Saturday, 2:40 p.m. ET
- Live stream: TBS.com
- 2022 March Madness bracket
Creighton vs Kansas Betting Lines
Creighton vs Kansas Prediction
Creighton is a solid team and deserves to be in the second round, but the injuries should take their toll.
The Kansas Jayhawks are a professional team that doesn’t do much wrong, so they should have no problem covering the -11½ NCAA betting spread.
The senior players should stand up and they could make it a long night for the short-handed Bluejays.
Pick: Kansas Jayhawks -11½
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