The Big 12 clash between Kansas and TCU takes place this Saturday, and with both sides looking to bounce back from disappointing defeats, this match has a lot riding on it. Who will be successful? Let’s take a look with our latest NCAAB betting picks.
- What; NCAAB
- Who; Kansas Jayhawks vs TCU Horned Frogs
- Where; Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kansas
- When; Saturday, January 21st, 2023
- Start Time; 1 pm ET
The Jayhawks saw a 10 match winning run come to an end on Wednesday night, and it was against their main rivals, Kansas State, of all teams! As for TCU, they’ve lost three of their last four. Both sides need wins for different reasons. Kansas needs to bounce back immediately. TCU needs to get their season going again.
Betting to win the 2023 NCAA Basketball Championship
Despite the setback for Kansas, they’re still one of the betting favorites to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. The Jayhawks are +1100 to retain the crown they won last season. The Horned Frogs are way down in the betting at +3500.
The favorites to win the crown this season with the best college basketball betting sites is still the Houston Cougars at +675. They are followed by Alabama at +1000, and then Kansas and Purdue both at +1100. UCLA is next at +1200. There’s then a bit of a gap opening up to Tennessee at +1600.
The big movers in the betting this week has been the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama were +1400 last week, but big wins over Arkansas (in particular), LSU, and Vanderbilt have seen their odds dramatically cut. They are also on a seven match winning streak, which also helps.
The above odds are all taken from Bovada. You can read more about them in our Bovada sportsbook review. Below, we have put together an odds table with all the latest betting to win the NCAA Basketball Championship in 2023. The odds are all taken from the best college basketball March Madness betting sites.
|NCAAB Tournament Winner Betting 2023|
Kansas brought back down to earth by Kansas State
The Kansas Jayhawks are the number 2 ranked team in the NCAAB and there’s a good reason for this. Prior to their 83-82 defeat to Kansas State on Wednesday, the Jayhawks had won ten matches in succession.
Kansas also sits second in the Big 12, and despite the defeat being bitterly disappointing, they shouldn’t be too downhearted. Afterall, Kansas State are no mugs. The Wildcats have a 13-2 record this season and are ranked 13, so there’s no disgrace losing (away) to them by just one point.
CATS WIN!!!! pic.twitter.com/nkBAecmhfx
— K-State Men's Basketball (@KStateMBB) January 18, 2023
The match between the two local rivals was a classic, and in the end it took overtime to separate the two sides. The home side ultimately took it, and although Kansas will be gutted, they need to quickly forget about it.
They can’t let one defeat, by one point in overtime, to their main rivals derail their whole campaign! Afterall, they are having an exceptional season on the whole.
Unlucky run of tough fixtures for TCU
The Horned Frogs have now lost three of their last four fixtures. Of the three defeats, the most recent away to West Virginia on Wednesday was by far the biggest. TCU went down 74-65 at the WVU Coliseum.
The loss was mainly down to a poor first period where they found themselves 15 points behind (39-24). Despite a good fight back in the second period by TCU, the damage was already done.
This was probably more of a blip than anything. The match against West Virginia came after a brutal run of fixtures that saw TCU taking on Iowa State (12), Texas (7), and Kansas State (13) in successive matches.
The Horned Frogs lost 69-67 to Iowa and 79-75 to Texas. After those two defeats, they then went and thrashed Kansas State 82-68 in the match before the West Virginia loss.
HORNED FROGS BOUNCE BACK 💪
No. 17 TCU uses a big first half to take care of No. 11 Kansas State at home 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PXnsPxrCM1
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) January 14, 2023
As the win over Kansas State shows, in general, there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with the Horned Frogs. But whether they will have enough in the tank to beat the Kansas Jayhawks, remains to be seen.
Kansas vs TCU Betting Picks
Prior to their defeat to Kansas State, the Jayhawks defeated number 12 ranked Iowa State 62-60 last weekend. The win was a close one with Kansas only winning both halves by one point each. The win shows that Kansas can grind out results though.
The handicap spread is set at between 4.5 and 5.5 in favor of TCU depending on which bookmakers you bet with. Both sides are -110 in this market. Kansas have had to work hard to win their matches recently, and a lot of them have been close run. In general, they’ve come through with the win though.
At the same time, TCU, have had a horrible run of tough fixtures, and that culminated with their leggy defeat to West Virginia earlier in the week.
Taking all of that into consideration, I have to make a win for Kansas on the handicap my betting pick for this match.