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Line on the Creighton vs. Kansas Game - NCAA Tournament 2022

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Mar/19/2022

Kansas should be a -9 favorite versus Creighton in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Creighton routed Providence coming into this year's NCAA Tournament.

Arthur Kaluma scored 17 points and triggered an overwhelming blitz that sent the surging Bluejays into the championship game with a stunning 85-58 blowout of No. 11 Providence.

“We beat a really good team — a championship team. And we did it our way. We did it with defense,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “We were pretty special tonight on both ends of the floor."

Alex O'Connell had 18 points and Ryan Kalkbrenner added 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks as the fourth-seeded Bluejays (22-10) reached their fourth conference final since joining the league before the 2013-14 season.

Ochai Agbaji was the Big 12's player of the year and helped his Jayhawks win the Big 12 Tournament entering this year's tournament.

Creighton has played around 50% as both a dog and against ranked opponents this season Straight Up.  This is true in recent seasons as well.

“I'm just blessed to be in this position, but I give it back to my teammates," said Agbaji, the fifth player in history to win the regular-season player of the year award and the tournament’s top honor. "I couldn't have done it without them.”

Agbaji scored 16 points, including a couple clinching foul shots with just over a minute left, to lift the Jayhawks (27-6) past the plucky Red Raiders (25-9) and likely secure a No. 1 seed in next week's NCAA Tournament.

Against ranked opponents, Kansas is just 2-8 on the season.  While Creighton was not ranked coming into the NCAA Tournament, this shows that the Jayhawks are vulnerable.

Take Creighton +8.5 or better here.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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