Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Kansas State Wildcats, First Four, NCAA Basketball Betting Odds, Picks and Prediction

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WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
19-13 March 14, 9:10 PM | University of Dayton Arena 20-13
Wake Forest vs Kansas St., Las Vegas Betting Lines
When: 9:10 PM ET, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Where: University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
TV: 9:10 p.m. ET, truTV
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Tuesday, March 14th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST FOUR – UD Arena – Dayton, OH
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
543 –Kansas State Wildcats -1 -107 -115 Ov 147 -110
544 –Wake Forest Demon Deacons +1 -113 -105 Un 147 -110

The fans at UD Arena will be treated to a game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Kansas State Wildcats when they take their seats on Tuesday.

ABOUT WAKE FOREST (19-13): John Collins ranks third in the ACC in scoring (18.9 points) as well as second in rebounding (9.8) and first in field-goal percentage (62) – marks that allowed the 6-10 forward to win the conference’s Most Improved Player award and finish second in the ACC Player of the Year balloting. Fellow sophomore Bryant Crawford (16.1 points, team-high 5.4 assists, team-high 1.4 steals) is averaging 22.3 points over his last three outings in large part due to ability to get to the foul line, going 32-for-34 from the free-throw line over that span. Crawford – the first Deacon since Randolph Childress in 1994-95 with over 500 points and 150 assists – and Collins are the first Wake Forest duo since Tim Duncan and Childress to record 500 points in the same season.

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (20-13): All five Wildcat starters score between 9.4 and 12.5 points per game – a balanced offensive attack that mirrors a stingy team defense which has allowed an average of 54.3 points over its last three contests and ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring defense overall (66.9). Senior forward Wesley Iwundu leads the team in scoring and rebounding (6.4), while sophomore guard Barry Brown averages 11.7 points and 2.4 steals – the second-best mark in the Big 12. Forwards D.J. Johnson (11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 blocks) and Dean Wade (9.4 points, 4.6 boards) each hold their own offensively, but their biggest task Tuesday will be trying to slow down Collins, who has been held under 10 points only twice this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Wildcats listed as 1-point favorites versus the Demon Deacons, while the game’s total is sitting at 147.

Danny Manning made his name as a college basketball player at Kansas, which he led past Kansas State nearly 30 years ago en route to a NCAA championship. The third-year Wake Forest coach will face his former in-state rival for the first time since that meeting in the 1988 Elite Eight on Tuesday when the Demon Deacons square off in an NCAA Tournament South Region matchup against the fellow-11th seeded Wildcats in a First Four game at Dayton, Ohio.

Two games before pulling an upset of heavily-favored Oklahoma in the title game, Manning willed a group of Jayhawks famously dubbed “Danny and the Miracles” to a 71-58 win victory over a Kansas State team led by another Hall-of-Fame player in Mitch Richmond. Thanks to another late-season surge with less on the line, Manning has Wake Forest in the Big Dance for the first time since 2009-10 after the Deacons finished at .500 in the ultra-competitive ACC. The Wildcats ended a two-year NCAA Tournament drought this season despite an 8-10 mark in Big 12 play, cracking the field of 68 largely on the strength of three Top-25 victories – two over Baylor and one against West Virginia. The winner of this contest will head to Sacramento, Calif. on Thursday to face No. 6 seed Cincinnati in first-round action.

Last time out for Kansas State, they were a 51-50 loser as they battled Mountaineers on the road. They covered in the match as a +5.5-point underdog.

Wake Forest was a 99-90 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Hokies. They failed to cover the -3-point spread as favorites.

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Wake Forest:
Team record: 19-13 SU,18-14 ATS
Wake Forest is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Wake Forest is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Wake Forest’s last 17 games

Kansas State:
Team record: 20-13 SU,16-11-2 ATS
Kansas State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas State’s last 7 games

MARCH MADNESS TIPS

1. With 15 points in Wednesday’s ACC quarterfinal loss to Virginia Tech, Collins became the first Demon Deacon with at least 600 points and 300 rebounds in a season since Duncan in 1996-97.

2. Kansas State sophomore PG Kamau Stokes has committed a Big 12-high 94 turnovers, recording at least two in 12 consecutive games.

3. Crawford is the first Wake Forest player to average at least 15 points and five assists since Chris Paul in 2004-05.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Wake Forest Demon Deacons will cover the spread at +1 and the game will go over 147 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Wake Forest 80, Kansas State 75 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
WAKE TEAM KANST
82.7 PTS FOR 71.7
77.9 PTS AGNST 66.9
4.8 DIFF. 4.8
26.0 DEF REBOUNDS 23.2
10.7 OFF REBOUNDS 9.5
47.2 FG% 45.8
77.2 FT% 69.0
8.1 3 POINTERS 7.1
5.5 STEALS 7.8
BETTING TRENDS
WAKE FOREST
No trends to report
KANSAS STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Kansas State’s last 7 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Wake Forest’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas State’s Overall Defense 82.7 16 66.9 57
Wake Forest’s Away Scoring vs Kansas State’s Home Defense 80.1 17 65.2 75
Wake Forest’s Road Rebounds vs Kansas State’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.4 95 32.8 100
Kansas State’s Overall Scoring vs Wake Forest’s Overall Defense 71.7 213 77.9 302
Kansas State’s Home Scoring vs Wake Forest’s Road Defense 73.5 236 81.2 304
Kansas State’s Home Rebounds vs Wake Forest’s Road Rebounds Allowed 33.4 312 32.8 39

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