The Kansas Jayhawks (29-4) are the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, and will take on the No. 9 seed Michigan State (20-14). The game will be played at Bank of Oklahoma Center in Tulsa at 5:15 p.m. E.T. on Sunday.
Preview: Kansas took care of business against UC Davis on Friday with a dominating 100-62 victory. The Jayhawks are led by guard Frank Mason III, who averages 20.8 points and 5.1 assists per game.
Michigan State defeated Miami 78-58, a game in which the Spartans probably played their best basketball of the year. The Spartans are led by Miles Bridges who averages 16.7 points per game.
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 5:15 p.m. E.T.
TV Channel: CBS
Location: Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, OK
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner and Dana Jacobson
Opening Betting Line: Kansas – 8.5, via OddsShark
According to College Basketball Reference, Kansas and Michigan State have met 12 times, with Michigan State holding the edge with seven wins. The Spartans have actually won four of the last five match-ups, the most recent taking place in 2015. Michigan State was victorious, 79-73.
Kansas has appeared in the tournament 45 times, and the Jayhawks have advanced to 14 Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 100-44, and have won three national championship.
Michigan State has appeared in the tournament 30 times, and the Spartans have advanced to nine Final Fours. They have a tournament record of 63-29, and have won two national championships.
Prediction: It’s hard to bet against the Spartans in the NCAA Tournament, but Kansas is so, so good this year. As expected, the Jayhawks ground UC Davis to dust, but it won’t be that way against Michigan State. I think this game is close until the final minutes, and the talent of Frank Mason will allow the Jayhawks to pull away for the win. Kansas by four.