Kansas State vs. Columbia - 11/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Columbia vs. Kansas State
NCAA Basketball: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
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The Columbia Lions and Kansas State Wildcats play Monday night at the Bramlage Coliseum.
The Columbia Lions look for a quick 2-0 start after beating Kean College on Friday. The Columbia Lions are averaging 107 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 62 points on 35.1 percent shooting. CJ Davis is averaging 19 points and five assists while Nate Hickman is averaging 15 points and three assists. Maodo Lo is dishing three assists and Alex Rosenberg is grabbing 10 rebounds. The Columbia Lions made 16 threes and forced 20 turnovers in their season opening victory. It was a solid showing for a Columbia team that really struggled last season, but we’ll get a far better idea of where the Lions are with this road matchup. Columbia has lost seven of its last 11 road games.
The Kansas State Wildcats won their season opener Friday against Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Kansas State Wildcats are averaging 80 points on 38.7 percent shooting and allowing 53 points on 29.8 percent shooting. Wesley Iwundu is averaging 23 points and 10 rebounds while Barry Brown is averaging 17 points and two assists. Justin Edwards is the third double-digit scorer and Kamau Stokes is dishing three assists. The Kansas State Wildcats scored 45 second half points and forced 22 turnovers in their season opener. We know KSU will continue to rely on its defensive roots, but you wonder just how good the Wildcats can be offensively, which will determine where they rank in the deep Big 12. Kansas State has won its last four home games.
The Lions are 38-16 ATS in their last 54 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The 2-6 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games.
I think it's fair to trust KSU in this matchup, as nobody knows what to make of a Columbia team that has yet to prove it can win a big game on the road. I'll take the Wildcats and the small chalk.