Xavier vs Kansas State Odds
The No. 6 Xavier Musketeers return to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year on Thursday when they look for an upset as 4.5-point underdogs over No. 2 Kansas State.
Xavier has become a household name in the tournament while making their fifth straight appearance in the Big Dance this season. In fact the Musketeers and the Michigan State Spartans are the only teams to advance to the Sweet 16 the last three years.
This year the Musketeers began the tournament with a solid 65-54 win over Minnesota as a 1.5-point odds favorite at Bovada. Their tourney run was expected to end there, as they faced No. 3 Pittsburgh in the second round as a 2-point odds underdog.
Instead of just going away Xavier upset the Panthers 71-68. Jordan Crawford carried the Musketeers with a 27 points and Jason Love chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds.
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Kansas State has their own scoring machine pushing through the tournament in Jacob Pullen. In their opener the Wildcats mangled North Texas 82-62 and covered the 15.5 point spread. In the second round Pullen put up a huge 34 points to lead the Wildcats to an 84-72 win over BYU. Kansas State was a 4.5-point odds favorite and once again covered the spread.
The most interesting thing about the Xavier vs Kansas State matchup is that it’s the only Sweet 16 contest that is a rematch from the regular season.
Back in December the Musketeers travelled to Kansas State and the Wildcats beat them 71-56 as a 6.5-point odds favorite. Pullen led the Wildcats with 16 points despite a lackluster 3-of-11 shooting. Crawford also delivered an underwhelming performance for Xavier with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting. In Thursday’s rematch the latest Sweet 16 odds have the Wildcats down as a 4.5-point favorite at Bovada.
If Xavier can pull off the upset they’ll be headed to the Elite Eight for the third time since 2004. The Musketeers landed in the Elite Eight in 2004 and 2008, but failed to advance to the Final Four both times.
For Kansas State the Sweet 16 is foreign territory. In 2008, in their first tournament appearance since 1996, the Wildcats were bounced in the second round. In 1996 they never even won a single game. The last time the Wildcats found themselves in the Sweet 16 was 1988. They also got into the Elite Eight that season before having their tourney run stopped by state rivals Kansas.