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How and what to watch for No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Providence in Sweet 16 of 2022 NCAA Tournament

We break down everything you need to know for Thursday’s Sweet 16 March Madness matchup between Kansas and Providence.

The 2022 NCAA tournament rolls on and the tournament has been exciting so far. In the second round, No. 1 Kansas escaped with a seven-point victory over No. 9 Creighton while No. 4 Providence dominated No. 12 Richmond, 79-51.

All odds below are from DraftKings Sportsbook.

Game date: Friday, March 25
Game time: 7:15 p.m. ET
TV channel: TBS
Location: United Center, Chicago, Illinois

Odds: Kansas -8, Total 141.5

No. 1 Kansas 30-6 (14-4 Big 12): Auto Bid

First Round: Defeated No. 16 Texas Southern 83-56
Second Round: Defeated No. 9 Creighton 79-72
KenPom rating: 5 Overall, 6 Offense, 25 Defense
Leading scorer: Ochai Agbaji 19.7 PPG
Key stat: Kansas entered the tournament with 12 quad 1 wins, the most in the country.

Kansas was only up one point at halftime, but they were able to maintain their lead. The Bluejays hung tight but couldn’t get the edge for the win. The Jayhawks flaunted their dominant rebounding ability as they out-rebounded Creighton 47-31. Jalen Wilson finished with a double-double, combining 14 points with 14 rebounds in the victory.

No. 4 Providence 27-5 (14-3 Big East): At-Large

First Round: Defeated No. 13 South Dakota State, 66-57
Second Round: Defeated No. 12 Richmond, 79-51
KenPom rating: 58 Overall, 41 Offense, 68 Defense
Leading scorer: Nate Watson, 13.6 ppg
Key stat: PC was the luckiest team in college basketball this year according to KenPom.

The Friars took a 15-point lead into halftime and it only grew in the second half. Richmond upset fifth-seeded Iowa in the First Round, but their luck ran out against Providence. PC was led by Noah Horchler, who provided 16 points and 13 rebounds.