Kansas State vs. Nebraska-Omaha - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (1-1) at Kansas State Wildcats (1-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -13.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports - Kansas City; ESPN 3
The Omaha-Nebraska Mavericks will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Omaha-Nebraska Mavericks fell to 1-1 on the season after being defeated by the USC Trojans, 82-72, this past Sunday. Omaha-Nebraska held a 37-34 halftime lead however, allowed the Trojans to go on a 9-0 run late in the 2nd half which secured the win for USC. Omaha-Nebraska shot just 36.8% from the field and was outrebounded by USC by a 51-42 margin. Leading the way for the Mavericks was Marcus Tyus who had 33 points, 2 rebounds, and a steal. Omaha-Nebraska lost two their best players in Devin Patterson (18.0 ppg, 3.2 apg) and Jake White (17.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg) however, the Mavericks do return Tre-Deon Hollins who is averaging 7.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 7.0 apg, 2.5 spg. Leading the way for Omaha early on the in the season has been Marcus Tyus (21.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.5 spg), Tre’Shawn Thurman (17.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg), Zach Jackson (9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), and Mitchell Hahn (8.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg).
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The Kansas State Wildcats opened their season with a victory after defeating the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 82-55, this past Friday. Kansas State used a 10-0 run to help build 35-21 lead at halftime and had no trouble pulling away for the victory in the 2nd half. Kansas State shot 44.3% from the field and 71.4% (10-14) from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Leathernecks by a 42-29 margin. Leading the way for Kansas State was Barry Brown who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals. Kansas State did lose Justin Edwards (12.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg) however, did return three starters in Wesley Iwundu (11.9 ppg, 3.7 apg), Kamau Stokes (9.4 ppg, 2.7 apg), and Dean Wade (9.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg). Kansas State will hope the both Barry Brown and D.J. Johnson can take on bigger roles and hope that Xavier Sneed can make an immediate impact for the Wildcats.
The Mavericks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
Omaha-Nebraska lost a ton of talent from their 18-win team however, must be thrilled with the contributions they have gotten from Marcus Tyus and Tre’Shawn Thurman in their first two games. Kansas State lost their top-scorer in Justin Edwards however, return their other five top scorers from last year’s team and has an excellent freshman in Xavier Sneed who can score the basketball. Omaha looked tough against a good USC team on the road and although Kansas State has the better talent, I think this is just too many points for the Wildcats to cover.