It’s the Big 12 against the Pac-12, as the Kansas Jayhawks take on the USC Trojans, with the winner heading to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. This is part of the West Region, with the winner taking on the winner of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Oregon Ducks game.
USC comes into this March Madness game with a 23-7 record as the sixth seed, while the Jayhawks are 21-8 and the third seed in the region.
When you look at the college basketball odds, the Trojans are one-point favorites, with the over/under set at 134½.
Trojans Winners of Four of Five
The Trojans have won four out of their last five games. The Trojans lost in the Pac-12 tournament 72-70 to Colorado. That was their lone loss since Feb. 27.
In the first-round win over Drake, the Trojans scored 72 points, but the big story was the defense. USC allowed 56 points in the win.
On the season, the Trojans allowed just shy of 65 points per game. On offense, the Trojans were 101st in college basketball with 74 points per game.
Freshman Evan Mobley is the top scorer with 16.8 points per game. He is making just shy of 58% of his shots.
Ethan Anderson runs the offense, and despite scoring just six points per game, his three assists per game lead the team.
The Trojans are in the NCAA Tournament for the 19th time in school history. The win over Drake was their 14th win in the Big Dance.
USC has been to the Final Four twice in school history. Andy Enfield is no stranger to the NCAA Tournament, which hopefully gives the Trojans a boost as they look to beat blue blood in Kansas. Additionally, to check out more specific information about the NCAAB props available for the Temple vs Cincinnati matchup.
Jayhawks Got Hot in Opener
Bill Self and his Jayhawks got off to a slow start, down 9-0 early to Eastern Washington in their first-round contest. Things continued as they trailed by eight at halftime.
The second half was all Kansas, as it outscored its opponent 55-38 and won by nine. The win was the 109th tournament win for the Jayhawks.
Kansas is seeking its 16th trip to the Final Four and also a fourth national title in school history. Kansas was noted as one of the top teams in all of college basketball before losing the postseason to COVID-19 a season ago.
The 2020-21 Jayhawks are led in scoring by Ochai Agbaji with 14.4 points per game. Agbaji scored 21 points in the win over Eastern Washington and has scored 66 over his last three games.
David McCormack was great in his return from the COVID-19 pause, as he came in and scored 22 points.
Jayhawks, Trojans in a Thriller
This should be a great game. The second round matches up teams that are competitive. Schools from power conferences that are kind of going underlooked are in this one.
No one is giving the Trojans and Jayhawks a chance to get to the Final Four. One will be in the Sweet 16.
Look for the Trojans to use their athleticism and hit just enough shots to win this game and cover the spread. The Pac-12 gets the final team into the Sweet 16 with a thrilling win.
When you’re making your college basketball picks, take the USC Trojans -1 over the Kansas Jayhawks.