Midwest Region: Auburn vs Kansas Prediction
Auburn vs Kansas Preview
This 4 vs 5 matchup features two teams capable of making a run. Sure, MFST slept on Kansas a bit (we did predict them to be upset by Northeastern in the first round) and they shut us up by beating the Huskies by nearly 40 points. Whoops, we were wrong.
Auburn dominated New Mexico State at times, but nearly gave the game away in the last six minutes with stupid turnovers and sloppy play.
“Until you get in that moment, you don’t know how you’re going to react,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “We obviously panicked and made our share of mistakes, which could have cost us the game. At the same time, we made enough really good plays throughout the game.”
The Tigers are riding a nine-game winning streak. The last five victories came during an eight-day stretch, prompting Pearl to sense his team was tired after traveling cross-country following their 20-point romp Sunday over Tennessee for the SEC tournament title.
Auburn goes with a guard-oriented attack and puts up more than 80 points per game. The more frenetic the pace, the happier Pearl is because of the Tigers’ depth and quality perimeter play.
Kansas will focus more on their frontcourt with Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson–but they sport four guards around him.
“Dedric is a hard matchup for folks,” said Kansas coach Bill Self after guiding the Jayhawks to their 13th consecutive first-round win. “If you play small like (Northeastern) did, you have a guard guarding him. And if you play big, he can play away from the basket some.”
LINE: -2 Auburn
Dan’s Bet: -2 Auburn
Bracket Pick: Auburn
Score Prediction: Auburn 78 Kansas 73