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New Mexico State vs. Kansas - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas (23-10) vs. New Mexico State (26-8)

College Basketball: Friday, March 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm (CenturyLink Center Omaha)

The Line: Kansas -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The New Mexico State Aggies and Kansas Jayhawks meet Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

The New Mexico State Aggies won the WAC and haven’t lost since January 17th. On the season, New Mexico State is averaging 68.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and is allowing 59.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Remi Barry is averaging 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 13 points and 7.7 rebounds. Daniel Mullings is dishing 2.8 assists and Tshilidzi Nephawe is grabbing 7.6 rebounds. The New Mexico State Aggies have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 36.8 percent from deep. Defensively, New Mexico State is allowing 29.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 61 or less points in eight straight games.

New Mexico State vs. Kansas - 3/20/15 NCAA Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas Jayhawks were the best Big 12 team and have won five of their last eight. On the season, Kansas is averaging 71.2 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 64.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Perry Ellis is averaging 13.8 points and seven rebounds while Frank Mason III is averaging 12.3 points and four assists. Wayne Selden Jr. is dishing 2.8 assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks have five players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 72 percent from the line and 37.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in five of its last eight games.

The Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Jayhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. loss and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. 

The New Mexico State Aggies are a great defensive team and have lost just two games since Christmas. Call me crazy, but I think the Aggies could win this game outright. Take the points. 

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