Montana State vs Kansas State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Kansas State Wildcats (23-9) vs Montana State Bobcats (25-9)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

Betting Odds: Kansas State Wildcats -7.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Kansas State Wildcats will play the Montana State Bobcats in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the East Region on Friday night at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Kansas State Preview

The Kansas State Wildcats are 23-9 (11-7) this season after they lost to TCU by a score of 80-67 in the Quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Kansas State ran into some issues towards the end of the regular season, but they have won four of their last six games. The Kansas State Wildcats are averaging 75.5 points per game, 69 points against per game, 35.6 rebounds per game, and 16.8 assists per game. Keyontae Johnson has led the Wildcats this season with 17.7 points per game, 7.0 rebounds per game, and 2.2 assists per game. Kansas State is shooting 45.3% from the field, 75% on free throws, and 34% on three pointers this year.

Montana State Preview

The Montana State Bobcats are 25-9 (15-3) this season after they defeated Northern Arizona by a score of 85-78 in the Big Sky Championship Game. Montana State has played very good basketball recently and comes into this game on an eight game winning streak. The Montana State Bobcats are averaging 74.2 points per game, 66.6 points against per game, 33.1 rebounds per game, and 12.5 assists per game. RaeQuan Battle has led the Bobcats this season with 17.4 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, and 1.0 assist per game. Montana State is shooting 46.9% from the field, 75.9% on free throws, and 33.8% on three pointers this year. 

Trends

Montana State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The over is 4-1 in Montana State’s last 5 games. Kansas State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 7-3 in Kansas State’s last 10 games. 

Pick

Kansas State comes into this game on a two game losing streak and has allowed 80 and 89 points in those two losses. Montana State is on a nice winning streak and is scoring 74.2 points per game this year. Both teams have been able to score at a good rate this season and I think we are going to see a fast paced game here. I will take the over in this one. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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