Kentucky Wildcats vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 3/19/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
Location: Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (+1)
The Kansas State Wildcats (24-9) are hosting the Kentucky Wildcats (22-11) at Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday. Kentucky is 1-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 145.5.
The Kentucky Wildcats played Providence and notched a win by a score of 61-53 in their last contest. In relation to fouls, the Wildcats left the arena with 12 and Providence finished the game with 16 fouls. They converted 5 of their 24 shots from three-point range. Providence ended up shooting 54.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 6 of 11 shots. Additionally, Providence had 27 rebounds (7 offensive, 20 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. Providence earned 12 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. When it comes to the defense, Kentucky allowed the other team to go 36.2% from the floor on 21 of 58 shooting. They also dished out 10 assists in this game in addition to forcing the other team into 9 turnovers and getting 6 steals. With regard to rebounding, they compiled 46 with 16 of them being of the offensive sort. From the free throw line, the Wildcats made 10 of 13 shots for a percentage of 76.9%. Kentucky wrapped up the game having earned a 36.5% field goal percentage (23 out of 63) and knocked down 5 of their 16 three-point shots.
Antonio Reeves is one player who was important in the matchup. He went 44.4% from the floor but wasn't able to get an assist. He was on the hardwood for 38 minutes and also pulled down 3 rebounds. He was able to score 22 points on 8 out of 18 shooting.
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Kentucky comes into this contest with a record of 22-11 for the season. They average 74.6 points per game (111th in the nation) while going 45.6% from the field. The Wildcats are connecting on 35.2% on shots from distance (209 of 593) and 70.4% from the charity stripe. As a team, Kentucky is snagging 39.2 boards per contest and has 500 dimes so far this year, which has them ranked 55th in college hoops in terms of passing. They are turning it over 11.6 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 16.0 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 11.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.1 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 106th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 385 surrendered on the season. The Wildcats defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 42.7% (801 of 1,875) and they surrender 30.2 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 32.7% on three-point shots and they are 105th in college basketball in points per game allowed (67.6).
The last time they took the court, the Kansas State Wildcats took home the win by a final score of 77-65 against Montana State. When it comes to rebounding, Kansas State allowed Montana State to get 20 in total (5 on the offensive side). They finished the game shooting 28.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 6 out of 21 and finished the contest at 9 out of 17 at the free throw line (52.9%). The Wildcats allowed Montana State to bury 25 of 54 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.3% for the game. When the final whistle blew, the Wildcats finished the game shooting 32 for 55 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 58.2%. In relation to three-point attempts, Kansas State made 4 of their 15 attempts (26.7%). They were able to bury 9 of the free throws for a percentage of 75.0%. Montana State was called for 13 personal fouls for the contest which took the Wildcats to the charity stripe for a total of 12 tries. They gave up possession of the ball 14 times, while recording 9 steals for this game. The Wildcats recorded 19 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 25 in the game.
Keyontae Johnson was important for the Wildcats in the matchup. He recorded 18 points in his 39 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes for the matchup. He made 8 of 15 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and tallied 8 rebounds.
Kansas State has a record of 24-9 on the season. The Wildcats have committed 17.6 personal fouls every game and they shoot 75.0% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 16.9 times per contest (10th in the country) and they turn the ball over 14.3 times per contest. Kansas State has accumulated 2,493 points for the campaign (75.5 per contest) and they snag 35.4 rebounds per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wildcats are hitting on 45.7% from the floor, which is 106th in D-1.
The Kansas State defense concedes 30.0% from downtown (209 of 696) and opponents are connecting on 68.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 13.5 assists and 33.2 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 241st and 119th in college hoops. The Wildcats on the defensive end are ranked 141st in college basketball in points allowed per contest with 68.9. They have forced 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 42.1% from the floor (83rd in Division 1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Kansas State (-1)
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