Kansas State Wildcats vs. Cincinnati Bearcats, Las Vegas Sports Betting, NCAA March Madness Odds, Picks and Prediction

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KANSAS STATE WILDCATS CINCINNATI BEARCATS
21-13 March 17, 7:27 PM | Golden 1 Center 29-5
Kansas St. vs Cincinnati, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:27 PM ET, Friday, March 17, 2017
Where: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California
TV: 7:27 p.m., truTV

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Friday, March 17th – NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND – Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
847 –Kansas State Wildcats +4 -105 +165 Ov 129½ -110
848 –Cincinnati Bearcats -4 -115 -190 Un 129½ -110
 

The Kansas State Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bearcats will both be gunning for a victory on Friday when they meet at Golden 1 Center.

ABOUT KANSAS STATE (21-13): Wesley Iwundu entered Tuesday as the only Big 12 player among the top 15 in scoring (12.5 points), field-goal percentage (47.5), free-throw percentage (75), rebounding (6.4) and assists (3.4) and only improved on those marks – finishing with a career-high 24 points (6-of-9 from the floor, 11-of-13 from the line), six boards and seven assists. Sophomore guard Kamau Stokes (11.9 points) continued to commit turnovers at a high rate – at least four in eight of his last 11 outings – but made up for it with a career-high 22 points. Senior forward D.J. Johnson (11.4 points) shot 8-for-9 on Tuesday to improve his Big 12-best field-goal percentage to 62.6 and is 13-of-15 from the floor since the end of the regular season.

ABOUT CINCINNATI (29-5): Troy Caupain (10.1 points, team-high 4.6 assists) became the program’s leader in career assists during Sunday’s 71-56 setback against SMU, getting the two he needed to pass Deonta Vaughn’s school record of 511, and he and Vaughn are the only two players in school history with more than 1,200 points and 500 assists in a career. Although Jacob Evans (team-high 13.7 points) had a rare off-day versus the Mustangs with 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting, the sophomore guard still averaged 17 points on 16-of-28 from the field – including 8-of-10 beyond the arc – during the AAC tournament. After ending the regular season as a 64.4-percent foul shooter, fellow All-AAC tournament selection Gary Clark (10.7 points, 7.9 boards overall) went 22-of-24 from the free-throw line during the thee-day event.

Oddsmakers currently have the Bearcats listed as 4-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 129½.

Despite leading his program to its best season in 15 years, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin wasn’t particularly happy with the NCAA Tournament committee’s opinion of his team on Selection Sunday or where it had to go to prove itself. The sixth-seeded Bearcats attempt to earn a bit more respect Friday when they head to Sacramento, Calif. to face No. 11 seed Kansas State in first-round action of the South region.

A little over an hour after losing to SMU in the American Athletic Conference title game Sunday, Cincinnati learned it was being shipped out to the west coast for the third time in four years – both previous trips to Spokane, Wash. resulted in early tournament exits. “I think that it’s pretty obvious that nobody was really impressed with (the Bearcats winning 29 games),” Cronin told reporters. “. … (In three of the four years our seniors) go the NCAA Tournament, they’re in Spokane twice and Sacramento once. It’s really not easy for their families.” The Wildcats notched their first NCAA Tournament victory in five years under coach Bruce Weber on Tuesday, upending fellow No. 11 seed Wake Forest 95-88 in First Four action at Dayton, Ohio. In addition to shooting 66 percent from the field, Kansas State fell one point short of its best offensive output of the season and topped its scoring average entering the contest by 24 points.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 71-56 loser as they battled Mustangs on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a +1-point underdog.

Kansas State was a 95-88 winner in their most recent outing at home against Demon Deacons. They covered the -1-point spread as favorites.

Kansas State:
Team record: 21-13 SU,17-11-2 ATS
Kansas State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Cincinnati:
Team record: 29-5 SU,17-14-1 ATS
Cincinnati is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. Cincinnati, which has won six of the seven meetings but hasn’t played the Wildcats since 1968, is one of only eight programs to qualify for the NCAA Tournament in each of the last seven seasons.

2. Kansas State’s season-best field-goal percentage Tuesday was the program’s best since matching the mark against Coastal Carolina on Dec. 6, 1997.

3. The winner will face either No. 3 seed UCLA or 14th-seeded Kent State in the second round.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Kansas State Wildcats will cover the spread at +4 and the game will stay under 129.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Cincinnati 56, Kansas State 55 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
KANST TEAM CINCY
72.4 PTS FOR 74.5
67.6 PTS AGNST 60.8
4.9 DIFF. 13.6
23.2 DEF REBOUNDS 24.8
9.4 OFF REBOUNDS 12.4
46.4 FG% 45.4
69.3 FT% 68.3
7.1 3 POINTERS 7.4
7.8 STEALS 7.5
BETTING TRENDS
KANSAS STATE
No trends to report
CINCINNATI
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Cincinnati’s last 6 games
Cincinnati is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Kansas State’s Overall Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Overall Defense 72.4 198 60.8 6
Kansas State’s Away Scoring vs Cincinnati’s Home Defense 69.8 188 62.3 35
Kansas State’s Road Rebounds vs Cincinnati’s Home Rebounds Allowed 32.0 298 30.9 46
Cincinnati’s Overall Scoring vs Kansas State’s Overall Defense 74.5 148 67.6 61
Cincinnati’s Home Scoring vs Kansas State’s Road Defense 82.7 52 68.8 48
Cincinnati’s Home Rebounds vs Kansas State’s Road Rebounds Allowed 37.0 167 35.1 132

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