Kansas State Wildcats vs. UMKC Kangaroos - 11/17/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UMKC Kangaroos (1-0) at Kansas State Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
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The UMKC Kangaroos and the Kansas State Wildcats will face off at the EA Sports Maui Invitational this Monday night.
The UMKC Kangaroos pulled a major upset with a convincing 69-61 victory against Missouri at Mizzou Arena this past Friday night. The Kangaroos, who were projected by most experts to finish in the middle of the WAC, were led by Martez Harrison who scored a team high 26 pts while pulling down 4 rebs and Shayok Shayok who had 10 pts and 7 rebs. Coach Kareem Anderson displayed the depth he has available to him as nine Kangaroos saw at least 10 minutes of playing time against the Tigers. Although the Kangaroos only show 37.0% from the field, they certainly took advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe hitting 23 of 29 free throws. For the Kangaroos to continue to pull off wins, they will have to continue to get it done on the defensive end as they did on Friday as they held the Tigers to just 21.7% (5-23) from beyond the arc.
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The Kansas State Wildcats opened up their season with a 98-68 thrashing of the Sothern Utah Thunderbirds this past Friday. This game was somewhat close for a while, however, Bruce Weber’s Wildcats used a big second half to pull away from the Thunderbirds. The Wildcats had six players scoring in double figures led by Thomas Gipson (17 pts, 6 reb), Nigel Johnson (18 pts, 5 ast) and Marcus Foster (13 pts, 2 reb). The Wildcats did a decent job on the defensive end forcing 24 Thunderbird turnovers and Weber has to be pleased with the offensive explosion as his team struggled last year putting the ball in the net. The Wildcats aren’t projected to do much this year, however, Bruce Weber does have a couple of studs in Foster and Gibson which will need to led the way for the Wildcats if they are going to be any noise this year.
The Kangaroos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Big 12. The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win.
Kansas State certainly won’t be overlooking the Kangaroos after their upset win against Missouri. Currently, the line has yet to be posted for this game, however, if Kansas State is favored by single digits, I like Marcus Foster and Thomas Gipson to lead the Wildcats to a double-digit victory.