Kansas vs Eastern Washington: March Madness Betting Odds and Picks – March 20, 2021

Posted on March 16, 2021 - Last Updated on April 19, 2021

A first-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 3-seed Kansas Jayhawks (20-8) play as a 10.5-point favorite against the No. 14 seed Eastern Washington Eagles (16-7) on Saturday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The matchup tips off at 1:15 PM ET on TBS. Here’s what you need to know about this 3-14 matchup before filling out your brackets.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of March 16, 2021, 12:10 AM ET.

Betting Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Kansas -10.5 -110 -110 146 -108 -112

Keys to the Game for Kansas

  • Kansas covered the spread more often than not this year, going 15-11-1 against the spread.
  • The Jayhawks record against the spread as at least a 10.5-point favorite is above .500 at 6-3.
  • Kansas generally does not hit the over, only topping the point total in 12 of 27 games (44.4%).

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Kansas Leaders

  • Ochai Agbaji leads the Jayhawks in scoring, tallying 14.2 points per game to go with 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
  • Jalen Wilson is Kansas’ leading rebounder, grabbing 8.2 per game, while Marcus Garrett is its best passer, averaging 3.7 assists in each contest.
  • Agbaji’s 2.6 threes per game leads the Jayhawks.
  • Garrett is the Jayhawks leader in steals, averaging 1.6 steals per game, while David McCormack leads them in blocks with 1.0 per contest.

Keys to the Game for Eastern Washington

  • Eastern Washington has covered the spread in more than half of its contests, going 15-7 ATS.
  • When they play as at least 10.5-point underdogs, the Eagles have a record ATS of 2-3.
  • In most of Eagles games this year, the teams have combined to hit the over (12 out of 22 games, 54.5%).

Against the Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.

Eastern Washington Leaders

  • Tanner Groves outpaced his teammates on the Eagles scoring front by putting up 16.4 points per game. He adds 8.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game this season.
  • Kim Aiken Jr. (8.5 rebounds per game) and Tyler Robertson (3.0 assists per game) are the Eastern Washington leaders in rebounds and assists.
  • Jacob Davison makes a team-high 1.5 three-pointers per game for the Eagles.
  • Aiken is a defensive force for Eastern Washington, leading the team in both steals (1.3 per game) and blocks (1.1 per game).

Computer Picks

Pick ATS:
Eagles (+10.5)

Pick OU:
Under (146)

Prediction: Kansas 77, Eastern Washington 67

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Last 5 Games

Kansas

Eastern Washington
Date Opponent Result Score Date Opponent Result Score
3/11/2021 Oklahoma Win 69-62 3/13/2021 Montana State Win 65-55
3/4/2021 UTEP Win 67-62 3/12/2021 Montana Win 78-50
2/27/2021 Baylor Win 71-58 3/11/2021 Northern Arizona Win 66-60
2/23/2021 Texas Loss 75-72 3/5/2021 Idaho State Win 75-62
2/20/2021 Texas Tech Win 67-61 3/3/2021 Idaho State Loss 68-63

Against The Spread (ATS) records are only reflective of games that had odds on them.
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