Kansas State Wildcats vs. Troy Trojans Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13
Troy Trojans (4-3) at Kansas State Wildcats (6-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Kansas State Wildcats eye their fifth straight victory when they meet the Troy Trojans Sunday.
K-State is 6-3 after following one of its best results of the season, a 61-58 win over Ole Miss Dec. 5, with a lukewarm showing in a narrow 64-62 victory over South Dakota Tuesday. The Wildcats overcame a poor 38 percent shooting performance from the field to seal the victory from the free throw line with two seconds left on the clock. Freshman G Marcus Foster scored a team-high 18 points on 6 of 20 shooting and connected on 4 of 9 from beyond the arc, while senior G Shane Southwell added 17 points and 6 rebounds on 7 of 14 from the field. The Coyotes jumped on top early, racing out to a 15-7 lead by the midway point of the first half and took a 31-26 lead into the break. K-State stayed close in the second half and closed the gap late, taking a 59-57 lead at the 4:54 mark on a Southwell three-point shot. South Dakota closed to within 63-62 with two seconds left when junior F Thomas Gipson was fouled and hit 1 of 2 from the line for the win. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 65.3 ppg on 40 percent shooting and Foster leads the team with 14.4 ppg.
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Troy, meanwhile, comes in with a record of 4-3 and winners in two of their last three, including an 85-69 handling of Alabama State Dec. 7. The Trojans shot 54 percent from the field and hit 5 of 17 from distance, while keeping their opponent to 26 of 62 shooting and 3 of 18 from downtown. Senior G Antoine Myers led Troy with 19 points on 6 of 10 from the field and 7 of 8 from the foul line, and junior F Kevin Thomas added 19 points and 11 rebounds on 9 of 11 shooting. The Trojans wasted little time and went on two first half runs to take a 41-34 lead into the break. The Hornets managed to trim the lead to 4 points early in the second half, but could get no closer. Through 7 games, Troy is averaging 68.5 ppg on 41 percent shooting and Thomas leads the team with 13.8 ppg on 60 percent from the floor.
The line in this one is currently set at -14.5 for K-State and that’s puzzling. After the Wildcats burned me and covered against Ole Miss, I picked them to cover the healthy double-digit spread against South Dakota, thinking they had something, and they laid an egg. They blew Georgetown and Central Arkansas out of the water early on, but lately seem to lack explosiveness, which was somewhat evident against Ole Miss and on full display against S. Dakota. The points look like the play here.
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