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ESPN's Prediction For Tonight's Auburn-Kansas Game

Bill Self yells at his players during a Kansas game.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 06: Bill Self the head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks gives instructions to his team against the Michigan State Spartans during the State Farm Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on November 6, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Kansas, the No. 4 seed in the Midwest Region, is set to take on No. 5 seed Auburn in the NCAA Tournament's second round this evening. It should be a good one.

The Jayhawks are coming off a blowout win in the opening round over Northeastern, as Bill Self's team won, 87-53.

The Tigers, meanwhile, scraped past No. 12 seed New Mexico State in the first round, winning by just one point.

We should get a close contest tonight.

ESPN's Basketball Power Index has released its prediction for this evening's game.

ESPN's computer has No. 5 Auburn pulling off the semi-upset, giving the Tigers a 52.7 percent chance of winning the game over No. 4 seed Kansas.

Auburn has been on quite a run lately. Bill Self is aware of it.

"I think that -- it’s a challenge," he said of Auburn. "Anybody that’s won a game in the tournament can make a case that they’re probably playing well at that moment. So, they’re probably as hot as anybody in the tournament, in their respective league, which is so good to run off eight in a row, and then yesterday was the ninth if I’m not mistaken. They beat a team yesterday that obviously went down to the last possession that we played them earlier in the year in Kansas City. So they’re hot, they’re hot. You can look at it that we -- I don’t know that we’re hot over time, but we played pretty well yesterday. So I can convince our guys that we’re hot, too."

Auburn and Kansas are set to tip off with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line at 9:40 p.m. E.T.

The game will be televised on TBS.