Don’t look for a lot of defense in this game, as both BYU and Kansas State can light up the scoreboard so Over bettors may be tempted here today.
BYU Cougars (30-5) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (27-7)
Sportsbook has Kansas State as a 4.5-point favorite with a total of 154.5.
Tonight in a second round game in the West Region in the Big Dance the second seed Kansas State Wildcats face the seventh seed BYU Cougars.
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This season Kansas State is 19-9-1 ATS and BYU is 19-13 ATS.
In their Sportsbook round wins BYU beat Florida in a thriller 99-92 in OT and Kansas State did not have a tough time getting by North Texas beating them 82-62.
These teams are two of the highest scoring teams in the NCAA tournament, as BYU is averaging 83 ppg and Kansas State is averaging 79.6 ppg.
Kansas State will have to play good perimeter defense tonight, as BYU has three guards that are averaging in double figures led by Jimmer Fredette (22.1 ppg), who blew up for 37 points in the win over Florida in the first round. The Wildcats cannot allow the Cougars to bomb away from beyond the three-point line.
In their Sportsbook round game Kansas State held North Texas to a three-point FG% of only 26.9% and if they can hold the Cougars to around that number they will be heading to the Sweet 16.
BYU’s defense applies a lot of pressure on the ball and forced Florida into 21 turnovers so Kansas State has to be careful with the ball in tonight’s game.
The Wildcats also have a solid backcourt with two guards averaging in double figures, but they are more well balanced with two forwards that are also averaging in double figures. The Wildcats’ leading scorer for the season is guard Jacob Pullen (18.8 ppg).
Kansas State forwards Jamar Samuels (11.6 ppg) and Curtis Kelly (11.2 ppg) may be the key in this game, as if they can score inside and control the glass the Wildcats should be in good shape. BYU has to hit the glass as a team, as they only have one player in that is averaging five rebounds per game.
BYU has to play all-around defense, both on the perimeter and in the paint, against a Kansas State squad that shot over 50% from the field in their first round win over North Texas.
Kansas State is 7-0 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and BYU is 4-0 ATS in their last four non-conference games so something’s gotta give in this game.