Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (2-7) at Kansas State Wildcats (4-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Fred Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -10 -- Over/Under: 136 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Omaha Mavericks and the Kansas State Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the Bramlage Coliseum on Tuesday night.
The Omaha Mavericks will look to bounce back after an 82-78 loss to Wyoming last time out. Wanjang Tut led the way with 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds and 4 blocks while Matt Pile had 17 points on 8 of 16 shooting with 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Ayo Akinwole added 14 points with 6 rebounds to cap off the scoring in double figures for Omaha in the loss while Marlon Ruffin had 9 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists. Ruffin leads Omaha in scoring with an average of 11.4 points per game while Pile leads the Mavericks in rebounding with 9 rebounds per game and Akinwole leads the Mavericks in assists with 2.4 assists per game. As a team, Omaha is averaging 62.1 points on 38.2% shooting from the field, 26.8% from 3-point range and 68.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 78.2 points on 45.9% shooting from the field and 40.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Kansas State Wildcats will try to get back to .500 on the year after improving to 4-5 with a 70-46 win over Jacksonville last time out. Nijel Pack led the Wildcats with 16 points on 6 of 9 shooting with 4 threes. 6 rebounds and 5 assists with a pair of steals while Dajuan Gordon added 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 triples, 12 rebounds and 3 steals for the double-double and Mike McGuirl added 12 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 7 assists to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for K-State in the win. McGuirl leads Kansas State in scoring with 12.3 points per game while Gordon leads the wildcats on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game and Pack leads Kansas State in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 67.2 points on 45.1% shooting from the field, 32.4% from 3-point range and 67.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 72.1 points on 48.3% shooting from the field and 38.1% from 3-point range this season.
Omaha is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the over is 9-1-1 in their last 11 road games against a team with a losing home record. Kansas State is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games while the over is 11-5 in their last 16 home games against a team with a losing road record.
This is a lot of points to be giving up with a Kansas State team that I haven’t forgotten lost to Fort Hays State and is a team I haven’t been high on for much of the season. However, it’s safe to say that the Wildcats have been playing better since the start of the year and have been playing better than Omaha over the course of the year as a whole. I’ll lay the points with a vastly improved Kansas State team.