Kansas State vs. Kentucky Odds
Both teams have at-large bids in the tournament. Kentucky went 24-10 on the season coming out of the SEC while Kansas State went 20-12 coming out of the Big 12. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kentucky is the favorite to win, as the Wildcats have odds of -6.5 points against Kansas State. The over/under total for this game has been set at 132.5 points (View Matchup). These two last met in 2008 with Kentucky getting a 74-72 victory.
Kentucky went 15-15-2 against the spread this season while hitting the under 18 times. The Wildcats have all the talent in the world, but have struggled to find consistency. They ended the season just 3-4 in their last seven. Kentucky enters the game with the 57th-ranked offense, averaging 75.9 points per game. They also rank fifth in the country in rebounding, pulling down 41.2 per game. Defensively, Kentucky holds opponents to 66.6 points per game and 40.3 percent shooting. Julius Randle is leading the team with 15 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
Kansas State went 16-13-1 against the spread while hitting the under 17 times. Kansas State enters this game struggling, as the Wildcats have lost three straight and five of their last eight. Kansas State averages just 69.7 points per game on offense, but holds opponents to 65.7 points per contest. Kansas State ranks seventh in the country in 3-point defense, holding opponents to 29.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Marcus Foster is leading Kansas State, as he averages 15.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
These two will face off in the second round of the MidWest Region, today at 9:40PM ET on CBS. The game will be held from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO.