One-seed Kansas is only a fourteen point favorite against 16-seed Penn, and speculation is starting to grow about whether or not we’re about to witness an upset Thursday afternoon.
The New York Post pointed out that this is the smallest spread for a 1 vs. 16 matchup in well over a decade. A 16-seed has never won a game in March Madness, and I have some news for you today. The first 16-seed to win a game won’t be Penn against Kansas tomorrow.
Don’t get me wrong at all here. I would love to see Kansas lose in the first round. Nothing would bring more joy than watching a blue blood program like KU falling to an Ivy League school in the opening round of the tournament. I’m just simply telling you that there’s zero shot it happens.
Kansas is too good, too talented, too fast and far too athletic for a program for Penn to have any realistic shot of beating. They could easily keep it close, but that’s not winning.
The only way I see a 16-seed winning a game is if the team they’re facing experiences injuries or ejections in the game. It’s honestly hard to comprehend the talent difference between teams in the one-seed position and a 16-seed.
I hope it happens someday, but it’s not happening tomorrow between Kansas and Penn.