Kansas State vs. Colorado State - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Colorado State Rams (6-4) at Kansas State Wildcats (7-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Intrust Bank Arena)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports - Kansas City; ESPN College Extra, ESPN 3
The Colorado State Rams will travel to Intrust Bank Arena to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Colorado State Rams dropped to 6-4 (0-0 MW) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Colorado Bears, 73-64, this past Sunday. Colorado State was down by a 39-33 margin at halftime and although they were down by just three points with minutes remaining, couldn’t get a few key defensive stops to get the victory. Colorado State struggled offensively as they shot just 38.6% from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Rams allowed the Bears to shoot 50.0% from the field and 44.4% (8-18) from beyond the arc. Colorado State was outrebounded by Northern Colorado by a 41-34 margin and committed 13 turnovers. Leading the way for Colorado State was Gian Clavell who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, the Rams have been led by Gian Clavell (20.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), John Gillon (15.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.6 apg), and Antwan Scott (15.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg). Offensively, Colorado State is averaging 86.5 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field and 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 10.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.17. Defensively, Colorado State is allowing an average of 83.1 ppg on 45.5% shooting. The Rams have a rebound margin of 6.3 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
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Kansas State had their 3 game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-2 (0-0 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies, 78-68, this past Saturday. Kansas State played the Aggies tough but allowed Texas A&M to go on a 23-6 run midway through the 2nd half to secure the victory. Kansas State shot 42.6% from the field and just 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Wildcats allowed Texas A&M to shoot 54.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Kansas State was Wesley Iwundu who had 23 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Justin Edwards (14.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Wesley Iwundu (13.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.2 apg), and Dean Wade (11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, Kansas State is averaging 75.2 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field and 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats average 5.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22. Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.1 ppg on 40.4% shooting. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
The Rams are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games however, just 6-21-1 ATS in their last 28 non-conference games. The Wildcats are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games.
Colorado has really struggled as of late after starting the season with five straight wins including an impressive win against the Northern Iowa Panthers on the road. Kansas State is currently is rebuilding mode but has looked decent to start the season and was competitive in their only two losses against North Carolina and Texas A&M. Colorado State get certainly put the ball in the basket, however, they are one of the worst defensive teams in the country when it comes to points allowed and as I feel that Kansas State will be able to put up plenty of points against the Rams, I’m going to take Kansas State to cover this line at home. Take Kansas State to cover.