Kansas State has some questions surrounding the health of their top players but provided they will play this Friday, the Wildcats and Creighton should put up a thrilling matchup in Charlotte. Read on for preview of this surefire Big East-Big 12 showdown. Register here to make your pick.
Betting Preview for the Kansas State Wildcats vs Creighton Bluejays College Basketball Game on March 16, 2018
Where: Bridgestone Arena
When: Friday, March 16, 6:50PM EST
Line: Kansas State Wildcats () vs Creighton Bluejays () – view all NCAA Basketball lines
TV Broadcast: Turner Network Television
Betting on the Kansas State Wildcats (22-11)
The Wildcats are coming off an 83-67 loss at the hands of Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals, but they are participating in the Big Dance nonetheless. The are because they have a number of solid wins over top mid-tier RPI teams, including those against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State (twice), TCU (twice), and Baylor (twice). Resume aside, the Wildcats has made noise largely because of their defense that allows just 67.9 points per game. They are 41st in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency. On offense, Dean Wade and Barry Brown are going to play big roles. The question, however, is whether Wade and Brown are going to be healthy enough to play their usual games. Wade, who leads the Wildcats with 16.5 points per game, did not play against the Jayhawks because of a foot injury. Brown (16.0 PPG) sustained an eye injury that limited him to just one minute of action in the Kansas game.
Betting on the Creighton Bluejays (21-11)
Creighton is still smarting from a 72-68 overtime loss to Providence in last Thursday’s Big East quarterfinals, but a chance to recover right away comes this Friday against the Wildcats. The Bluejays are surely going to bring their fantastic offense that ranks eighth in the nation with 84.0 points per game average. The Bluejays seem respectable on defense, too, as they are 53rd in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency, but losing big man Martin Krampelj in January to an ACL injury has made Creighton softer. In any case, the team will look for the tandem of Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas to carry the team. Foster puts up 20.3 points per game, while Thomas chips in 15.3. Creighton is one team opponents don’t want to get hot as the Bluejays shoot 49.6 percent from the field and 37.6 from deep.
Kansas State wins, 79-75.
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