Pick 36:- Kansas ML (-165)

Arkansas @ Kansas

Pine Sports fam, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and back the Kansas Jayhawks in their upcoming March Madness matchup against the Arkansas Razorbacks. With a tough schedule and impressive record against tournament teams, Kansas is the team to bet on. 

Let's get real, Pine Sports bettors, we're all in this together, working to win bets and make some serious dough. So, let's break down the stats and see why Kansas is the team to back in this epic showdown.

First off, Kansas played the toughest schedule in college basketball this season, and they've got the wins to prove it. With 14 victories over tournament teams, the Jayhawks have shown they can hang with the big dogs and come out on top. On the flip side, Arkansas is just 5-11 against tournament teams this season. That's a pretty big gap, and it's a clear indicator that Kansas has the edge when it comes to battle-tested experience.

Now, let's talk about the players who will be making waves on the court. Kansas' leading scorer, Jalen Wilson, is an absolute beast, averaging 20.1 points per game. Not only can he put up points, but he's also a rebounding machine, grabbing 8.4 boards per game. Arkansas' top scorer, Ricky Council IV, averages 16 points per game, but he's only shooting 27% from three. That's not going to cut it against a team like Kansas, especially when the Razorbacks are known for their gritty, physical style of play.

Speaking of style, let's talk about how these teams match up. Arkansas has had seven games this year where they've blown leads because of 5+ minute scoring droughts. That's not a good look, especially when going up against a team like Kansas, who has a KenPom rating of 9 overall, 25 on offense, and 7 on defense. The Razorbacks may be one of the best teams in the country when they're locked in, but they haven't been as consistent as head coach Eric Musselman would like.

Kansas, on the other hand, is coming off a 96-68 win over Howard in the first round of the tournament. Freshman Gradey Dick made a huge impact in his first NCAA Tournament action, scoring 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. While it's true that Arkansas has the length to potentially disrupt Dick's game, the Jayhawks have plenty of other weapons at their disposal.

This game is shaping up to be a defensive slugfest, but Kansas has the depth and scoring prowess to come out on top. Arkansas will undoubtedly put up a fight, but the Jayhawks' experience against top-tier competition and their ability to put points on the board will ultimately be the deciding factor.

So, Pine Sports bettors, it's time to lock in your bets and back the Kansas Jayhawks in this epic March Madness matchup. Remember, we're all in this together, and with the right analysis and a little bit of luck, we'll be celebrating some big wins. Let's go, Jayhawks!