Kansas State meets Southern Miss in the 8 vs 9 East Regional matchup Thursday afternoon, in a seed matchup where bettong on the underdog is 14-4 ATS in the past 18 games.
The Wildcats, who got an at-large bid by finishing fifth in the Big 12 this season, are favored by 6.5 points over the Golden Eagles, who got their at-large invitation by taking second in Conference USA.
Consol Energy Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
Kansas State will face the 25-8 Golden Eagles, who own a 12-17 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Wildcats are 14-13 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Golden Eagles are 18-11 favoring the OVER.
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Golden Eagles listed as 7-point underdogs
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 28-ranked Wildcats and the No. 55-rated Golden Eagles in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 76-75 win for the Wildcats on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Golden Eagles rank No. 60 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.7 per game. That compares with Kansas State’s No. 41 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Kansas State is college basketball's No. 216-ranked team at 5.7 per game, while the Golden Eagles rate No. 162 with 6.3 per game.
Defensively, Southern Miss features the nation's No. 57-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.5 points per game. Kansas State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 118 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Southern Miss, they were a 73-62 loser as they battled Marshall at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Angelo Johnson scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Eagles to a win (they lost 73-62 to Marshall at FedExForum on Friday).
In their last action, Kansas State was an 82-74 loser on the road against Baylor. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Wildcats got a 22-point effort from Jordan Henriquez, who added 14 rebounds, but Baylor still managed to defeat Kansas State 82-74 Thursday at Sprint Center.
Southern Miss Golden Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Marshall are 5-4
After a loss are 7-3
Kansas State Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Baylor are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3
A few Golden Eagles at Wildcats trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas State's last 5 games
Kansas State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games