The Jayhawks are the reigning champions and will look to go back-to-back as a top seed. Kansas had the best regular season record in a very challenging Big 12 and went 17-7 in Quad 1 games, a very impressive stat that bodes well for a deep run.
Howard knocked off Norfolk State in the MEAC Tournament title game to earn its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1992. The Bison ran through the MEAC during the latter stages of the regular season and were led by sophomore guard Elijah Hawkins, who averaged 13.1 points and 5.9 assists per game.
2023 NCAA Tournament: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Howard odds
Moneyline: Kansas -20000, Howard +3500
Spread: Kansas -23