La Salle vs. Kansas State Pick

March Madness Picks

Preview


Kansas State Wildcats
vs.
La Salle Explorers

Date/Time: Friday March 22, 3:10 pm EST

Television: TNT

College Basketball Odds from Sportsbook.AG

Point Spread: Wisconsin -5

Total: 128

 

Basketball Betting Game Trends

Kansas State Wildcats

  • Kansas State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss
  • Kansas State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss
  • Over is 7-1 in Kansas State’s last 8 games following a ATS loss
  • Under is 7-1-1 in Kansas State’s last 9 neutral site games
  • Under is 6-1-1 in Kansas State’s last 8 non-conference games
  • Under is 4-1 in Kansas State’s last 5 Friday games

La Salle Explorers

  • La Salle is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win
  • La Salle is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12
  • La Salle is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
  • Over is 5-1 in La Salle’s last 6 neutral site games
  • Over is 4-1 in La Salle’s last 5 games following a S.U. win

 

The 13th-seeded La Salle Explorers (22-9 straight-up, 13-12-2 against the spread) got a second chance to show they deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament field of 64 despite losing their last two games. The Explorers took care of business on Wednesday and beat Boise State 80-71 in the final game of the First Four, earning an opportunity to face the fourth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (27-7 SU, 15-14-1 ATS) Friday in the second round of the Big Dance at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

La Salle played in a tough Atlantic-10 Conference and finished tied for third with an 11-5 record, falling to Butler 69-58 in the A-10 quarterfinals last Friday after losing 78-54 at Saint Louis in the previous game on March 9. The team had won three straight and seven of eight prior to that brief skid but got back on track against the Broncos behind a powerful guard-oriented offense that was responsible for 67 of the points. Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, making 17-of-24 shots.

Kansas State also relies heavily on its backcourt of Angel Rodriguez and Rodney McGruder, who combined for 28 points in a 70-54 loss to top seed Kansas in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Rodriguez struggled against the Jayhawks, scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting and dishing out just one assist. McGruder was held under 20 points for the first time in four games and shot below 50 percent for the first time in his last three. The 6-foot-4 senior is looking to go out with a bang and atone for the team’s third-round exit in last year’s tournament against Syracuse.

The Wildcats enjoyed a nice rebound season overall under first-year head coach Bruce Weber, who was dismissed from Illinois after missing the NCAA Tournament last season. In Weber’s first two years at Illinois, the team finished first in the Big Ten twice and made it to the Sweet 16 in 2004 before going all the way to the national title game the following season. Former Kansas State coach Frank Martin left for the same position at South Carolina last March after his team lost in the Big Dance.

Weber seems to know how to instantly bond with his players and get the most out of them, making Kansas State a nice sleeper pick in the NCAA Tournament. After surprisingly finishing second in the Big 12 during the regular season, the Wildcats could duplicate his first-year success with the Illini and make it to the Sweet 16 this year as well…

Pick: Kansas State 73, La Salle 60

March Madness Picks

Preview


Kansas State Wildcats
vs.
La Salle Explorers

Date/Time: Friday March 22, 3:10 pm EST

Television: TNT

College Basketball Odds from Sportsbook.AG

Point Spread: Wisconsin -5

Total: 128

 

Basketball Betting Game Trends

Kansas State Wildcats

  • Kansas State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss
  • Kansas State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss
  • Over is 7-1 in Kansas State’s last 8 games following a ATS loss
  • Under is 7-1-1 in Kansas State’s last 9 neutral site games
  • Under is 6-1-1 in Kansas State’s last 8 non-conference games
  • Under is 4-1 in Kansas State’s last 5 Friday games

La Salle Explorers

  • La Salle is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win
  • La Salle is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Big 12
  • La Salle is 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games
  • Over is 5-1 in La Salle’s last 6 neutral site games
  • Over is 4-1 in La Salle’s last 5 games following a S.U. win

 

The 13th-seeded La Salle Explorers (22-9 straight-up, 13-12-2 against the spread) got a second chance to show they deserved to be in the NCAA Tournament field of 64 despite losing their last two games. The Explorers took care of business on Wednesday and beat Boise State 80-71 in the final game of the First Four, earning an opportunity to face the fourth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (27-7 SU, 15-14-1 ATS) Friday in the second round of the Big Dance at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

La Salle played in a tough Atlantic-10 Conference and finished tied for third with an 11-5 record, falling to Butler 69-58 in the A-10 quarterfinals last Friday after losing 78-54 at Saint Louis in the previous game on March 9. The team had won three straight and seven of eight prior to that brief skid but got back on track against the Broncos behind a powerful guard-oriented offense that was responsible for 67 of the points. Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, making 17-of-24 shots.

Kansas State also relies heavily on its backcourt of Angel Rodriguez and Rodney McGruder, who combined for 28 points in a 70-54 loss to top seed Kansas in the Big 12 Conference Championship. Rodriguez struggled against the Jayhawks, scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting and dishing out just one assist. McGruder was held under 20 points for the first time in four games and shot below 50 percent for the first time in his last three. The 6-foot-4 senior is looking to go out with a bang and atone for the team’s third-round exit in last year’s tournament against Syracuse.

The Wildcats enjoyed a nice rebound season overall under first-year head coach Bruce Weber, who was dismissed from Illinois after missing the NCAA Tournament last season. In Weber’s first two years at Illinois, the team finished first in the Big Ten twice and made it to the Sweet 16 in 2004 before going all the way to the national title game the following season. Former Kansas State coach Frank Martin left for the same position at South Carolina last March after his team lost in the Big Dance.

Weber seems to know how to instantly bond with his players and get the most out of them, making Kansas State a nice sleeper pick in the NCAA Tournament. After surprisingly finishing second in the Big 12 during the regular season, the Wildcats could duplicate his first-year success with the Illini and make it to the Sweet 16 this year as well…

Pick: Kansas State 73, La Salle 60

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