College Basketball Betting: Buckeyes Out For Revenge Against Jayhawks
|Written by Matt Stevens|
|Thursday, 29 March 2012 05:22|
Even NHL fans will be tuned into the Final Four this weekend, and both matchups are rematches from earlier in the season. In the nightcap, Ohio State aims to avenge a road loss at Kansas with a berth in the national-championship game on the line.
Ohio State vs. Kansas Odds – Saturday, 8:49 PM ET
The Buckeyes took down top-seeded Syracuse 77-70 to win the East region, and you could probably find a number of best betting odds (of which you can find more here) that didn’t have any faith in Ohio State, but this is why they play the games. Jared Sullinger showed why he was due to be a lottery pick last year, and will be again with 19 points and seven rebounds, while Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 18 points for the Buckeyes, who outscored Syracuse by 11 points at the foul line and held a 37-22 edge on the glass. Ohio State has been a team that split the opinions of those who work with price per head sports software, but they’re coming around at the right time and have their eye on a showdown against the Jayhawks.
Kansas came out on top 80-67 against North Carolina, another No.1 seed, to take the Midwest and this may have been the best game of the entire Tournament. College basketball betting players witnessed a 47-47 first half that was frantic and thrilling, but the Jayhawks eventually tightened the screws with a triangle-and-two defense that the Tar Heels didn’t know how to breach. Tyshawn Taylor had 22 points, while Thomas Robinson was next with 18 points and nine boards for the Jayhawks, who outscored UNC by nine at the foul line and held them without a basket for the final six minutes of the game. No one really expected Kansas to get this far, but the Jayhawks preserved and got a win for head coach Bill Self over the man he replaced at KU, Roy Williams.
The Jayhawks are sports betting favorites by 2.5 points in this Final Four contest after defeating the Buckeyes 78-67 at home back in December. The Buckeyes didn’t have Sullinger in that game due to back spasms, and you know he is looking forward to his matchup with Robinson in a meeting of All-American forwards. But this game could be won at the point-guard position as Taylor outplayed Ohio State’s Aaron Craft in December and that was with knee injuries that should have kept him on the sidelines. That’s the thing about this Kansas team; there may not be a team in the country who is as tough mentally and that will come in handy in what should be an enthralling game. Take the Jayhawks in a tight online betting clash.