The No. 3 seed Kansas State Wildcats (23-9) and the No. 14 seed Montana State Bobcats (25-9) will meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 9:40 PM. The matchup airs on CBS.
The Wildcats are currently strong 7.5-point favorites against the Bobcats. The matchup has a point total of 140.
Kansas State vs. Montana State Odds
Point Spread for Kansas State vs. Montana State
The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Kansas State as the favorite.
Kansas State vs. Montana State Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Kansas State has -360 odds to pick up the win, while Montana State is listed at +285 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 140 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
- Game Time: 9:40 PM ET
- TV Channel: CBS
- Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
- Arena: Greensboro Coliseum
Kansas State vs. Montana State Betting Trends
Kansas State has played 32 games, with 21 wins against the spread. The Wildcats have yet to lose any of the 17 games they have been chosen as the favorite in this season. Kansas State’s games this year have hit the over on 16 of 32 set point totals.
In Montana State’s 32 games this season, it has 18 wins against the spread. The Bobcats have won 42.9% of the games this season they were the underdog on the moneyline (3-4). Montana State has hit the over 43.8% of the time this year (14 of 32 games with a set point total).
Kansas State vs. Montana State Key Players to Watch
Markquis Nowell posts a team-best 7.6 assists per contest. He is also putting up 16.8 points and 3.5 rebounds, shooting 37.7% from the field and 34.6% from beyond the arc with 2.3 made 3-pointers per contest. Keyontae Johnson leads his squad in both points (17.7) and rebounds (7) per game, and also posts 2.2 assists. Defensively, he delivers 1.1 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. Nae’Qwan Tomlin posts 10.2 points, 6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest, shooting 48.6% from the field. Desi Sills puts up 8.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. Defensively, he delivers 0.9 steals and 0.4 blocked shots.
Raequan Battle is posting a team-best 17.4 points per contest. And he is producing 2.9 rebounds and 1 assists, making 46.7% of his shots from the floor and 34.5% from beyond the arc, with 1.5 triples per game. Darius Brown II is No. 1 on the Bobcats in assists (4.8 per game), and averages 9.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. He also puts up 1.8 steals and 0 blocked shots. Jubrile Belo is the Bobcats’ top rebounder (6.1 per game), and he contributes 13 points and 1 assists. Great Osobor is averaging 10 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1 assists per game, making 61.7% of his shots from the field.
What you need to know about the Kansas State Wildcats
The Wildcats are averaging 75.5 points per game (84th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while giving up 69 points per contest (141st-ranked). Kansas State is pulling down 32.4 boards per game (138th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 30.2 rebounds per contest (118th-ranked).
Kansas State is 212th in college basketball with 7.1 threes per game this year. Meanwhile, it ranks 184th with a 34% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Wildcats rank 15th-best in the nation by allowing a three-point shooting percentage of 30.1% to opposing teams. They rank 65th in college basketball by surrendering 6.3 threes per contest.
The Wildcats are 5-5 against the spread and 5-5 overall in their last 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Kansas State has hit the over three times. In its last 10 games, Kansas State has been racking up 71.8 points per game, an average that’s slightly lower than the 75.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. Kansas State has been more porous on the defensive side of the ball lately, allowing 70.6 points per game over its past 10 contests compared to the 69 points per game its opponents are averaging on the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Montana State Bobcats
Offensively the Bobcats are the 122nd-ranked team in college basketball (74.2 points per game). Defensively they are 71st (66.6 points conceded per game). In 2022-23, Montana State is 279th in the nation in rebounds (30 per game) and 18th-best in rebounds conceded (27.7).
Montana State makes 6.2 3-pointers per game and shoots 33.8% from beyond the arc, ranking 300th and 199th, respectively, in the nation. Defensively, the Bobcats are 72nd in the nation in 3-pointers conceded per game at 6.4. They are 201st in 3-point percentage conceded at 34.1%.
The Bobcats are 4-5-1 against the spread and 9-1 overall over their last 10 contests. Montana State has gone over the total in six of its last 10 outings. Over its last 10 games, Montana State is compiling 72.7 points per contest, compared to its season average of 74.2. The Bobcats are surrendering 67.2 points per game over their last 10 games, which is 0.6 more points than they are allowing for the season (66.6).
Kansas State vs. Montana State Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this contest is Kansas State, and we predict that Kansas State will cover the spread (Kansas State -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 140 points.
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