Michigan State vs Kansas State Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/23/23

Kansas State Wildcats (25-9) vs Michigan State Spartans (21-12)

Game Info: Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 6:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

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The Kansas State Wildcats will play the Michigan State Spartans in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Kansas State Preview

The Kansas State Wildcats are 25-9 (11-7) this season after they defeated Kentucky by a score of 75-69 in their last game. Kansas State shot 48.1% from the field and was -19 in rebounding margin in the win. The Kansas State Wildcats are averaging 75.5 points per game, 68.9 points against per game, 35.1 rebounds per game, and 16.8 assists per game. Keyontae Johnson has led the Wildcats this season with 17.5 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. 

Michigan State Preview

The Michigan State Spartans are 21-12 (11-8) this season after they defeated Marquette by a score of 69-60 in their last game. Michigan State shot 44.4% from the field, but only 12.5% on three pointers in the win. The Michigan State Spartans are averaging 70.2 points per game, 67 points against per game, 35.6 rebounds per game, and 14.5 assists per game. Tyson Walker has led the Spartans this season with 14.8 points per game, 2.8 assists per game, and 2.5 rebounds per game. Michigan State is shooting 45% from the field, 76.2% on free throws, and 39.5% on three pointers this year. 

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Trends

Michigan State is 30-13-1 ATS in their last 44 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win. The under is 4-0 in Michigan State’s last 4 neutral site games. Kansas State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games. The over is 4-1 in Kansas State’s last 5 games. 

Pick

Both of these teams are coming off of very impressive victories in their last game and will be looking to make it to the Elite Eight. Michigan State held a high-powered Marquette offense to only 60 points and their defense has been very good this season. Kansas State was able to overcome a few second half deficits to get the victory over a good Kentucky team. This should be a great game, but I think Kansas State is slightly more athletic and I like them to win this one. 

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David’s Pick Kansas State +1.5

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