Eastern Washington Eagles vs Kansas Jayhawks Prediction, 3/20/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Washington Eagles vs Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: Indiana Farmers Coliseum in Indianapolis, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Washington (+11.5)
The Eastern Washington Eagles (16-7) are headed to Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday where they'll take on the Kansas Jayhawks (20-8) in the NCAA Tournament. Eastern Washington opens this matchup as 11.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 141.5.
Eastern Washington will enter this game with a mark of 16-7 on the year. They cough up possession 11.5 times per contest and as a unit are committing 17.0 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Eastern Washington is pulling down 35.4 boards per contest and has tallied 347 dimes this season, which ranks 118th in Division 1 in terms of passing. The Eagles are connecting on 35.4% on shots from distance (194 of 548) and 78.7% from the charity stripe. They average 78.0 points per contest (41st in Division 1) while connecting on 46.7% from the floor. On defense, the Eagles are able to force 11.9 turnovers per game and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They are surrendering 30.9% on shots from distance while they are 155th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (69.4). The Eagles defensively are allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 41.4% (583 of 1,408) and they surrender 34.5 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 88th in Division 1 in allowing assists with 258 surrendered for the campaign.
The Eastern Washington Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the Montana State Bobcats and took home the win by a score of 65-55 in their last game. Eastern Washington finished the game with a 40.4% field goal percentage (21 of 52) and made 4 of 18 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Eagles knocked down 19 of their 24 shots for a rate of 79.2%. Concerning rebounding, they collected 34 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 9 dimes in the matchup as well as creating 12 turnovers and getting 4 steals. With respect to the defense, Eastern Washington allowed their opponent to shoot 34.5% from the floor on 19 of 55 shooting. Montana State earned 2 assists and had 8 steals for the matchup. Moreover, Montana State grabbed 31 rebounds (8 offensive, 23 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Montana State ended up going 78.9% from the free throw line by making 15 of their 19 attempts. They buried 2 out of their 17 shots from beyond the arc.
Jacob Groves is a guy who was important for the contest. He accounted for 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting. He was on the court for 32 mins played and also totaled 3 boards. Groves finished the game at 75.0% from the floor but wasn't able to get a dime. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Eagles was Tanner Groves. He snagged 14 rebounds in his 27 min on the court. He went 40.0% from the field in this matchup by going 6-of-15 (14 points). When the game finished, Groves earned 1 assist.
Kansas has a mark of 20-8 so far this season. The Jayhawks commit 15.3 personal fouls every game and they hit 71.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 13.7 times per game (132nd in the country) and they are giving up possession 12.4 times per game. Kansas has totaled 2,047 pts on the year (73.1 per game) and they collect 38.0 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Jayhawks are connecting on 44.0% from the field, which ranks them 191st in Division 1. The Jayhawks on the defensive end are ranked 58th in college basketball in points given up per game with 65.8. The Kansas defense allows 32.6% on shots from beyond the arc (201 of 617) and opponents are knocking down 71.9% of their free throw attempts. They allow 11.3 assists and 34.4 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks 62nd and 148th in college hoops. They have forced 13.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 40.6% from the floor (39th in the nation).
The last time they took the court, the Kansas Jayhawks took home the win by a final score of 69-62 when they played the Oklahoma Sooners. The Jayhawks were able to pull down 21 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 26 for the matchup. They turned the ball over 12 times, while recording 10 steals for this contest. The Sooners committed 13 fouls for this contest which got the Jayhawks to the free throw line for 11 shots. They were able to convert 9 of those for a rate of 81.8%. In reference to shots from downtown, Kansas knocked down 8 of their 22 attempts (36.4%). When the game finished, the Jayhawks walked away from this one shooting 26 for 56 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.4%. The Jayhawks permitted the Sooners to make 23 out of 49 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.9% for the contest. They shot 50.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 9 out of 18 and finished the game at 7 out of 10 from the free throw line (70.0%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Kansas allowed Oklahoma to snag 30 in total (6 on the offensive side).
Ochai Agbaji pitched in for the Jayhawks in this contest. He converted 9 out of 14 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 64.3%, and added 1 rebound. Agbaji scored 26 points in his 32 minutes on the court, but didn't get an assist. One more player that was pivotal for Kansas was Marcus Garrett. He ended up finishing with 4 dimes in his 39 mins on the court, and he knocked down 7 out of 12 from the floor. Garrett finished going 58.3% from the floor and also earning 17 points and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Eastern Washington (+11.5)
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