There are four teams remaining in the Midwest region of the March Madness tournament. Besides the clash of double-digit seeds in Iowa State and Miami, we also have Providence squaring off against Kansas in the Sweet 16.
Kansas comes into the contest as legitimate contenders to win it all, while Providence is looking to do the improbable. Many had the Friars getting bounced in the first round.
The winner of this contest will face the winner of the Iowa State and Miami game, with the chance to inch closer to playing in the National Championship.
Take a look at our favorite same-game parlay picks for this showdown between the Jayhawks and Friars.
Please note that all March Madness odds are current as of Wednesday, March 23, at 9 a.m. ET from BetMGM.
Kansas vs Providence Same-Game Parlay
Parlay Odds (+140) at BetMGM
- Kansas Win 1st Half (-250)
- Kansas Over 72.5 Points Scored (-160)
- Over 137.5 Total Points (-160)
Wager: 1 Unit
There’s no doubt that Kansas comes into this game as heavy favorites. This game has the third-largest spread of the Sweet 16 games despite Providence being a No. 4 seed and Kansas being a No. 1 seed.
Scoring also shouldn’t be much of an issue for the Jayhawks, who are averaging nearly 79 points per game.
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I expect Kansas to cruise to 73+ points. The Jayhawks have hit that total in five consecutive games entering Friday’s contest, making the Over of 137.5 points another intriguing bet to add to the parlay.
- Read our full Kansas vs Providence game predictions.
All we need to reach the Over of 137.5 points is for Providence to score around 65 points, which is something they’ve achieved in 10 of their last 11 games. Seeing that I believe Kansas can control this game from the moment the game begins, I’ll also take them to lead at the end of the first half to bring our CBB bet of the day to (+140).
Kansas vs Providence Longshot Same-Game Parlay
Parlay Odds (+1050) at BetMGM
- Kansas -10.5 (+145)
- Providence Over 68.5 Points Scored (+110)
- Over 149.5 Total Points (+190)
Wager: 1 Unit
We all want to watch high-scoring contests, and for our longshot bet, we’ll be pulling for just that. In hopes that Providence’s luck from deep carries over into the next round (they’ve made 20 of their 44 three-point attempts in the first two rounds), I have them scoring 69+ points on Friday.
Meanwhile, with taking Kansas to win by 11+ points, I have the game total reaching 150+ points. Kansas is more than capable of putting up 80+ points if their group of Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, David McCormack, Dajuan Harris Jr., and Remy Martin are efficient on the offensive end.
We’ll just need Providence’s key contributors in Noah Horchler, Al Durham, A.J. Reeves, and Jared Bynum to continue their success from the floor to make this a high-scoring affair.
Providence most recently hit 150+ points in a game in a matchup with Villanova on March 1, while Kansas achieved 150+ points in their last contest in the tournament versus Creighton.
So while this is a longshot bet, these are events that have happened multiple times this season, making it something worth throwing a couple of dollars on.