2014 NCAA Tournament South Region Preview: (10) Stanford Cardinal vs. (2) Kansas Jayhawks
No. 2 seeded Kansas took care of Eastern Kentucky 80-69 to advance to a third round matchup against Stanford. The Cardinal beat New Mexico 58-53 in its second round matchup.
Stanford got 23 points from guard Casson Randle in the game against New Mexico. Randle hit 7-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-6 fro three-point range, and also grabbed five rebounds and two steals. Randle averaged 18.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season and the Cardinal also get double-digit scoring contributions from Dwight Powell, Anthony Brown and Josh Huestis. Huestis, a 6’7″ senior forward, averaged 8.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game for Stanford this season and can be tough on the inside.
Kansas is still without center Joel Embiid, who will return in the Sweet 16 should Kansas advance here. Andrew Wiggins led the way offensively, and he’s been big lately. He had 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, and Jamari Traylor scored 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench for the Jayhawks.
With Embiid sitting, Perry Ellis has picked up the slack. The forward had 14 points and 13 rebounds (4 offensive) in the game against Eastern Kentucky, and he’s capable of impacting the game on the boards and with the ball from the high post. Kansas is a tough team even without Embiid, and the college odds reflect it in the 6.5 points edge.
STAN Trends: OVER 12-4 in last 16 NCAA Tournament games; 2-5-1 ATS in last 8 games overall.
KAN Trends: UNDER 7-1 in last 8 Sunday games; UNDER 22-5 in last 27 NCAA Tournament games; UNDER 15-7 in last 22 vs Pac-12.