Pirates’ Booty Found on Seton Hall in Second Round vs. Top-Seeded Kansas

Swinging Johnson

Friday, March 16, 2018 3:47 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 3:47 PM UTC

Seton Hall advanced to the second round off an impressive 94-83 win over NC State while Kansas claimed a 76-60 win over a game but overmatched band of Ivy leaguers from Penn. Let’s break this matchup down. 

No. 8 Seton Hall (22-11 SU, 17-16 ATS) vs. No. 1 Kansas (28-7 SU, 19-14 ATS)Midwest Region, Wichita, Saturday, 7:10 PM ETFree NCAAB Pick: Seton HallBest Line Offered: Bovada

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  • Kansas is 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
  • Kansas is 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5.
  • Kansas is 8-0-1 ATS in their last nine games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
  • Seton Hall is 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win.
  • Seton Hall is 5-0 ATS in their last five games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
  • Seton Hall is 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games as an underdog.

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— Seton Hall Basketball (@SetonHallMBB) March 16, 2018

In a game replete with fouls and free throws, Seton Hall beat NC State at their own frenetic game. When the dust settled there was a total of 53 combined fouls, 66 free throws and 177 points in a game where the college basketball odds reflected a total of 158½ between two high-scoring teams. The Pirates had two players foul out but used a 10-point first half advantage to stave off the Wolfpack and come away with a 94-83 victory as 3½-point favorites. It was Seton Hall’s sixth consecutive cover and bought them a date with Kansas after two consecutive years of bowing out in the opening round.

The Jayhawks’ Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte' Graham had trouble early on getting the rock in the hole but eventually got the ball to drop and finished with 29 points in a 76-60 win over Penn to march into the second round as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest. Pennsylvania was a better than an average No. 16 seed and many anticipated a Quakers cover while some whispered upset. However, it was Kansas that won going away and paid off all those who backed them as 13-point favorites in their college basketball picks. Kansas has now covered their last four as they plunge headlong into the second round as just 4-point favorites against the bad boys from the Big East.

Those of you who read my columns regularly will undoubtedly be puzzled by the trends preceding this game analysis. The standard template is to pick out a team trending positively and juxtapose that with their opponent trending in the opposite direction. But in this case, we have two teams with positive trends and the puzzle is to find out which of the pair is most likely to get the cover and fatten our wallets.

Although a play on Seton Hall may smack of contrarianism, it is indeed the right side to back. The Pirates not only play up-tempo ball, but they are not afraid to take a lick to give one. Kansas ranks 13th in personal fouls, and if the Pirates decide to battle the Jayhawks the way they did against the Wolfpack then this could slow down the pace and give the Pirates an opportunity to hang around and even pull a stunner over their top-seeded foes.

In addition, the battle on the glass should favor the Pirates as they are ranked 50th in the nation averaging 38.2 boards per game vs. the 131st ranked Jayhawks. Let’s take a flier on Seton Hall to cover the number and maybe even pull the upset.

Check out SBR’s college basketball odds page for updated lines. Also, head over to the March Madness Betting Headquarters for vital handicapping information, picks, and a list of the best sports books and live betting options for the tournament season.

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