Utah State vs. Kansas State Odds Preview
Kansas State could be a Final Four darling or out in the first round. Such is the inconsistency of their game and the wild card nature of their first round foe from Utah State.
The Aggies are a dangerous 12 seed and many have pegged this as one of the annual 5-vs-12 upsets. But KSU's speedy Jacob Pullen is the only game breaker in this match and he should be the difference in Kansas State covering the 2.5-point spread and advancing to the next round.
The 30-3 Aggies, winners of the WAC, will sample Cinderella's shoe to see if it fits.
The Aggies are listed as 1.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 11-rated Utah State taking on the No. 23-rated Wildcats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 81-74 win for the Aggies on Thursday.
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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Kansas State's No. 35-rated squad against Utah State's No. 51-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Kansas State rates No. 86 in the country with 7.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 184 nationally with 6.1 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Utah State owns the country's No. 4-rated mark, allowing 59.8 points per game on the highway. Kansas State, on the other hand, rates No. 45 in scoring at home.
Utah State was a 77-69 winner in their most recent outing against Boise State. They covered the 7–point spread as favorites.
Kansas State lost its last outing, an 87-75 result against Colorado on March 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite.
Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Boise State are 8-2
After a win are 9-1
Kansas State Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
After playing Colorado are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3
A few Aggies at Wildcats trends to consider:
Kansas State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kansas State's last 7 games