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    The No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks (27-7) are heavily favored (-22.5) to beat the No. 16 seed Howard Bison (22-12) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Wells Fargo Arena. The contest begins at 2:00 PM on TBS. Here are some insights about this West Region contest for those filling out their brackets.

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    How do I watch Jayhawks vs. Bison?

    • Game Day: Thursday, March 16, 2023
    • Game Time: 2:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: TBS
    • Location: Des Moines, Iowa
    • Arena: Wells Fargo Arena

    Betting Lines for Jayhawks vs. Bison

    Kansas vs Howard Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Total
    Kansas -22.5 145.5

    Kansas Betting Stats & Information

    • Kansas has won 85.7% of its games this season when favored on the moneyline (24-4).
    • The Jayhawks have not played as a moneyline favorite of -10000 or shorter.
    • So far this season, the Jayhawks have put together a 16-18-0 record against the spread.
    • The Bison are 0-1 against the spread when an underdog by 22.5 points or greater this season.
    • The average point total in Kansas’ games this year is 2.6 fewer points than the total of 145.5 in this matchup.

    Howard Betting Stats & Info

    • Howard has been underdogs in 17 games this season and won seven (41.2%) of those contests.
    • The Bison have not been a bigger underdog this season than the +2425 moneyline set for this game.
    • The Bison have gone 18-13-0 ATS this season.
    • The Bison are winless against the spread (0-1) when playing as at least 22.5-point underdogs.
    • The average point total for Howard this season is 1.9 points higher than this game’s over/under.

    Kansas vs. Howard Season Stat Comparison

    Kansas Rank Kansas AVG Howard AVG Howard Rank
    105th 74.9 Points Scored 75.5 86th
    115th 67.9 Points Allowed 71.9 235th
    89th 33.2 Rebounds 32.5 129th
    188th 8.5 Off. Rebounds 10 55th
    222nd 7 3pt Made 8 104th
    16th 16.4 Assists 14.9 55th
    211th 12.1 Turnovers 15.8 362nd

    This Matchup’s Impact Players

    Kansas Jayhawks Leaders

    • Jalen Wilson leads the Jayhawks in scoring and rebounding, accumulating 20.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
    • Dajuan Harris is Kansas’ best passer, dispensing 6.2 assists per game while scoring 8.7 PPG.
    • Gradey Dick makes more threes per game than any other member of the Jayhawks, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.3 per contest.

    Howard Bison Leaders

    • Elijah Hawkins’ points (13 per game) and assists (5.9 per game) stat lines give him the top scoring and assists spots on the Bison’s leaderboards.
    • William Settle is at the top of the Howard rebounding leaderboard with 5.7 rebounds per game. He also racks up 11 points and adds 1.1 assists per game.
    • Marcus Dockery makes 2.1 three-pointers per game, the most on the Bison.
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