The No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks are eyeing back-to-back national championships as they meet the No. 8 seed Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament West Region. The Jayhawks (28-7, 13-5 Big 12), the Big 12 Conference regular-season champions, have won 10 of their past 12 games. The Razorbacks (21-13, 8-10 SEC), who tied for ninth-place in the regular-season SEC standings, have struggled of late, dropping four of six and six of 10. This will be the second meeting between the teams in the NCAA Tournament. Kansas registered a 93-81 win in 1991 at Charlotte, North Carolina.
The game from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, will tip off at 5:15 p.m. ET. The Jayhawks are favored by 4 points in the latest Arkansas vs. Kansas odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 142.5. (See up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page.)
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The model knows junior forward Jalen Wilson powers the Jayhawks, averaging 20.1 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and one steal per game. He is coming off a 20-point and seven-rebound effort in 33 minutes in the Thursday's first-round win over Howard. It is the sixth game in a row he has scored 20 or more points. He has reached double-digit scoring in 33 games this season and has registered 12 double-doubles, the last coming in last week's Big 12 Championship Game win over Iowa State, when he scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
But the model also knows Arkansas junior guard Ricky Council IV recorded his first double-double of the season on Thursday, when he scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards in 39 minutes of action against Illinois. For the season, he is averaging 15.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 33.8 minutes. He has scored in double figures 29 times this season, including 10 games with 20 or more. Council scored a season-high 27 points in a 74-61 win over Troy on Nov. 28.
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