Two of the top 17 scoring defenses in the country will meet in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when No. 13 UC Irvine and No. 4 Kansas State hook up at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Wildcats opened as 4.5-point favorites against the Big West champion Anteaters, who will travel up the Pacific coast for this game. The total opened at 119.
My Best Bet For UC Irvine vs Kansas State
Kansas State OVER 61.5 Points
The Wildcats scored more than 61.5 points in 22 of their 33 games this season, including in eight of their 12 non-conference games. Kansas State is scoring an average of 66.1 points per game over its last 10 games and that’s why I think it will get over this mark against a Big West opponent in a 4 vs 13 matchup.
While UC Irvine might have excellent defensive stats, I have a hard time believing it’s in the same competitive bracket as Kansas State. I’m backing the Big 12 here.
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Odds Shark Staff Fri, Sep 16, 2:48pm