Kansas vs. Samford: NCAA Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Tips And Picks – March 21, 2024

Written By PlayPicks Staff on March 18, 2024

The players to watch will be Hunter Dickinson and Achor Achor when the Kansas Jayhawks (22-10) face the Samford Bulldogs (29-5) on Thursday (at 9:55 PM ET) at Delta Center in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Thursday’s game between the Jayhawks and the Bulldogs sees the Jayhawks as a strong, 7.5-point favorite. The over/under for the matchup is 153.5.

Kansas vs. Samford Betting Lines

Kansas vs Samford Betting Information
Favorite Spread Total
Kansas -7.5 153.5 points

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Samford (+7.5)
Total Pick Under (153.5)

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Kansas vs. Samford Stat Rankings

Kansas Avg. (Rank) Samford Avg. (Rank)
75.3 (122nd) Points Scored 86.0 (5th)
68.7 (79th) Points Allowed 73.9 (243rd)
(1st) Rebounds (1st)
7.3 (300th) Off. Rebounds 9.2 (153rd)
5.6 (330th) 3pt Made 9.9 (16th)
18.8 (1st) Assists 17.4 (14th)
11.3 (191st) Turnovers 12.7 (314th)

Kansas vs. Samford Betting Trends

  • The Jayhawks have 13 wins in 32 games against the spread this season.
  • As 7.5-point favorites or more, Kansas is 5-8-1 against the spread.
  • The Jayhawks have played 32 games this season, and 15 of them have hit the over.
  • Kansas and its opponent have broken the 153.5-point mark 10 times this year.
  • The over/under in this game is 153.5 points, 9.6 higher than the average total in Jayhawks games this season.
  • Samford is 18-14-0 against the spread this year.
  • The Bulldogs don’t have a win ATS (0-1) as a 7.5-point underdog or greater this season.
  • Kansas has seen 15 of its 32 games go over the point total.
  • There have been 15 Bulldogs games this season with more than 153.5 points scored.
  • The average total for Samford’s games is 159.9 points, which is 6.4 more than this game’s over/under.

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Kansas Impact Players

  • Dickinson leads his team in rebounds per game (10.8), and also posts 18.0 points and 2.2 assists. Defensively, he averages 0.9 steals and 1.4 blocked shots.
  • Kevin McCullar paces the Jayhawks with 18.3 points per contest and 4.1 assists, while also averaging 6.0 rebounds.
  • KJ Adams Jr. is putting up 12.4 points, 3.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
  • Dajuan Harris leads the Jayhawks at 6.3 assists per contest, while also putting up 1.9 rebounds and 8.3 points.
  • Johnny Furphy is putting up 8.8 points, 0.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds per contest.

Samford Impact Players

  • Achor is putting up team highs in points (15.8 per game) and rebounds (6.1). And he is contributing 1.5 assists, making 59.9% of his shots from the floor.
  • Rylan Jones is averaging a team-leading 4.7 assists per game. He’s also producing 9.4 points and 3.0 rebounds, making 44.4% of his shots from the floor, and 38.2% from beyond the arc resulting in 1.6 treys per game.
  • A.J. Staton-McCray is posting 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, making 44.6% of his shots from the floor and 42.0% from beyond the arc, with 1.2 treys per game.
  • Jaden Campbell is posting 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.9 assists per contest, making 53.7% of his shots from the field and 47.2% from beyond the arc, with 1.6 triples per game.
  • Jermaine Marshall gets the Bulldogs 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. He also delivers 1.3 steals and 0.3 blocked shots.

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