Kansas State vs Kentucky Prediction March Madness Picks

Kansas State vs Kentucky Prediction March Madness Picks

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Preview

The second round of the NCAA Tournament is set to feature an exciting matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Kansas State Wildcats. Both teams are looking to advance to the Sweet 16, but it is Kentucky that is favored to win by 3 points, according to the latest odds. In this article, we will review each team's strengths and weaknesses and provide our prediction for the game.

 

Kansas State

Kansas State finished the regular season with a 24-9 record and an 11-7 record in Big 12 play. They have been strong on both ends of the court, averaging 75.5 points per game while allowing only 65 points per game. The Wildcats have also been impressive on the boards, averaging 35.4 rebounds per game.

Offensively, Kansas State is led by the duo of Mike Nowell and Kevin Johnson. Nowell averages 7.8 assists per game while Johnson averages 17.7 points per game. Defensively, the Wildcats are led by Antonio Gordon, who averages 1.0 blocks per game, and Selton Miguel, who averages 1.2 steals per game.

However, Kansas State has struggled against top-tier teams, going 2-3 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. They have also struggled on the road, going 6-7 away from home. Against Kentucky, they will need to elevate their game if they hope to pull off the upset.

 

Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky finished the regular season with a 22-11 record and a 12-6 record in SEC play. The Wildcats have been dominant on both ends of the court, averaging 74.6 points per game while allowing only 53 points per game. They have also been strong on the boards, averaging 39.2 rebounds per game.

Offensively, Kentucky is led by Olivier Sarr and Tai Wynyard, who average 16.2 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. Defensively, the Wildcats are led by Kellan Grady, who averages 1.2 steals per game, and Isaiah Jackson, who averages 2.6 blocks per game.

Kentucky has also been strong against top-tier teams, going 3-2 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. They have also been dominant at home, going 14-2 at Rupp Arena. Against Kansas State, they will look to continue their strong play and advance to the Sweet 16.

 

Betting Trends

Kentucky are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games.

The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kentucky's last 13 games.

Kentucky are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games.

Kentucky are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the Big 12 conference.

The total has gone OVER in 11 of Kentucky's last 15 games played in March.

Kansas State are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.

Kansas State are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games against an opponent in the Southeastern conference.

The total has gone OVER in 6 of Kansas State's last 7 games played in March.

 

Prediction

While Kansas State has been impressive this season, we believe that Kentucky's dominant defense will be too much for them to handle. Kentucky has been one of the best defensive teams in the country, and they will look to shut down Kansas State's offense. On the other end of the court, Kentucky's balanced attack will be able to score against Kansas State's solid defense.

Our prediction is that Kentucky will win and cover the -3 points spread. We believe that Kentucky's dominant defense and balanced offense will be too much for Kansas State to handle.

 

PICK: Kentucky -3 (-110)

 

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