NCAA Sweet 16 Preview, Vegas Betting Lines & Picks on Kentucky Wildcats vs. Kansas State Wildcats
Kentucky Looks to Remain Undefeated against Kansas State
The eighteenth-ranked and fifth-seed Kentucky Wildcats will attempt to maintain their winning form and will look to reach the Elite Eight for the second consecutive season as they get ready to lock horns with the seventh-seed Kansas State Wildcats. The two non-conference rivals are scheduled to square off in a South Regional Sweet Sixteen showdown with the contest set to be broadcasted by the CBS network Thursday at 9:37 p.m. ET and live from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Kansas State will look to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2010.
Game Time: 9:37 PM ET
Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
Spread: Kentucky -5.5
The two schools will face one another for the first time since the National Championship Tournament back in 2014. The Wildcats beat Kansas State 69-56 in the second round of the tournament while covering the 6-point line as favorites. Kentucky went on to lose 60-54 to UConn in the Championship game that season. The Wildcats are winless in seven confrontations against Kentucky. Kansas State, who have missed the tournament only twice in their last ten seasons, entered the first round with an impressive 69-59 victory over the Creighton Bluejays as a 2-point underdog.
Kansas State then beat Cinderella team UMBC 50-43 in the second round but failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites. Kentucky, who has three straight SEC Conference Championship and an NCAA Title back in the 2011-12 season, entered tournament play with a 78-73 win over Davidson and managed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. They were impressive in their second contest easily prevailing 95-75 covering the line as 5.5-point favorites. They enter this affair as a 5.5-favorite thanks to BetDSI Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 137.5 points.
Vegas Betting Tip
Kansas State has only two wins in eight contests against ranked teams this season and will be playing a battle-tested Kentucky squad that has won nine of their last ten games covering the numbers in all 9 wins. Kentucky has much more depth and should easily reach the Elite Eight.
Vegas Beting Pick
Team record: 24-11 SU,15-17 ATS
Kansas State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Kansas State’s last 19 games
Team record: 26-10 SU,19-17 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Kentucky is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Kentucky’s last 10 games