Kansas vs. Howard: NCAA Tournament Same Game Parlay Picks (3/16)

Mar 16, 2023 - 9:34 AM

Every time a No. 1 seed takes the court against a No. 16 seed, the question isn’t who will win, but rather how much will the favorite win by. That’s the case again on Thursday when the defending national champion Kansas Jayhawks take on the Howard Howard Bison. The Bison are making their first NCAA Tournament since 1992, and it is going to be a short stay for them. But what players will have good or bad days and what game or team prop can you expect to hit?

Here is the best Kansas vs. Howard same game parlay for Thursday, March 16th.

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Leg 1: Kansas -22.5 (-105)

The Bison simply cannot play with the Jayhawks. This spread might seem too large to many, but the truth is the Jayhawks have been solid in the first round of recent tournaments. In 2018, the Jayhawks got a scare from the 16th-seeded Penn Quakers in the first round. Since then, they have obliterated their opponents. 

Last season, they defeated the Texas Southern Tigers 83-56 in the first round, and that Tigers team may have been better than this Bison group. In their only other game against a Power 5 team this year, the Bison lost by 32 to the Kentucky Wildcats.

Leg 2: Jalen Wilson 10+ Rebounds (+180)

It is highly unlikely that Wilson plays anywhere near his season average of 35.4 minutes in this game. However, he won’t need nearly that amount of time to get 10 boards in this one. The Bison are allowing 33.9 rebounds per game, which is 148th in the nation. The Jayhawks are averaging 35.9 rebounds per game, but they will easily clear their season average in this one. 

The Bison actually shoot the ball pretty well at 45.3% on the season, but there will be enough misses for the Jayhawks’ primary rebounder to pull down at least 10 boards. It’s interesting that the price for this is what it is. Perhaps oddsmakers are really convinced that Wilson won’t remain on the court very long. No matter how long he plays, this is a nice addition to your parlay.

Leg 3: Kansas Over 87.5 Points (+150)

Perhaps this is a bit ambitious, but the Jayhawks could really pour it on in this game if they want to. The Bison are 240th in the country, allowing 72.6 points per game. The Jayhawks enter this game averaging 74.9 points per game on the year. Them going 13 points over their season average is not a big ask against this team.

So why not go higher? Well, there has to be a limit. The Jayhawks scored more than 87 points just once against a non-Power 5 team this season. However, they have been right around that number multiple times, and they went into the 90s against the Seton Hall Pirates and Missouri Tigers in non-conference. The Jayhawks will take their foot off the gas in the second half, but with little resistance, they could go into the 50s in the first.

Parlay Odds: +1266

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