Sweet Sixteen: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Kentucky Wildcats

Sweet Sixteen NCAA Tournament

Sweet Sixteen Has None of Top Seeds

The fans at Philips Arena will see a Sweet Sixteen matchup between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Kentucky Wildcats. when they take their seats on Thursday. Tip-off for this South Regional matchup will be around 9:37 pm EST. CBS will have the coverage after the Loyola (IL) and Nevada contest.

Oddsmakers opened the Wildcats as -5-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total opened at 140.5. The line held at 5, but the total has dropped to 136.5.

Tonight’s game will be the first meeting between the schools since 2014. Kentucky defeated Kansas State in the first round of NCAA Tournament on the way to the championship game.

This is a tournament for first’s so far this season. For the first time ever, none of the top four seeds advanced in the South Regional. Virginia, Cincinnati, Tennessee and Arizona lost, and it wasn’t always pretty.

The four teams in Atlanta vying for a spot in the Final Four are No. 5 seed Kentucky vs. No. 9 Kansas State and No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 11 Loyola-Chicago.

Kentucky Playing Well Headed into Sweet Sixteen

Kentucky reached the Sweet Sixteen with a 78-73 victory over Davidson. Then they had a 95-75 rout of Buffalo. That is the team that punched Arizona in the “ding-ding” by 21 points.

The Wildcats of Kentucky is led in scoring by Kevin Knox at 15.6 points per game. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander comes in at 14.4 ppg.  He is coming off a 27-point effort against Buffalo. PJ Washington averages 10.6 ppg and Hamidou Diallo averages 10.3. That includes 22 points on Saturday.

Kentucky averages 77.3 points as a team. They are shooting 47.4 percent from the floor. Defense is what rules the day. Kentucky ranks No. 3 in the nation is 3-point defense and No. 21 in overall field goal percentage defense.

KState Back in Sweet Sixteen After Long Dry Spell

Kansas State is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. Kansas State is the No. 8 seed. They had to defeat Creighton and tournament darling UMBC to advance. They were missing their best player to injury.

KState enters this week with a major question. When will leading scorer Dean Wade be available? He has missed the past three games because of a stress fracture in his foot. He told reporters Sunday that he was “98 percent and hoping to play against Kentucky.”

The 6-foot-10 forward was a first team All-Big 12 performer. He had averages of 16.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.

Guard Barry Brown is 2nd on the team at 16.1 points. Forward Xavier Sneed is at 10.7. Sneed had eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists in Kansas State’s win over UMBC.

Kansas State averages 71.6 points per game. They are shooting 47 percent overall and 34.3% from 3-point range.

Kentucky and Kansas State had four common opponents this season. Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Georgia and Kansas. Kentucky was 5-1 in those games while Kansas State was 2-5.

Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Kansas State 24-11 15-17 71.63 66.91 4.72 7-7 6-4 11-20-1 4-9-1 5-5
Kentucky 26-10 19-17 77.28 70.50 6.78 8-10 4-6 22-14 11-7 5-5

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
KANST 13.97 11.66 1.2
KENTY 13.39 12.92 1.04
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
KANST 8.03 22.83 30.86
KENTY 11.94 26.67 38.61
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
KANST 47.03 42.25 4.78
KENTY 47.37 40.49 6.88
Team Records

Kansas State Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 24-11 17-5 7-6 15-17 8-11 7-6 71.63 66.91 4.72
Last 10 7-3 5-0 2-3 6-4 4-1 2-3 68.30 65.40 2.90
vs Conf 11-9 7-3 4-6 12-8 7-3 5-5 70.55 72.10 -1.55

Kentucky Wildcats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 26-10 21-3 5-7 19-17 13-11 6-6 77.28 70.50 6.78
Last 10 9-1 7-0 2-1 9-1 7-0 2-1 81.60 69.90 11.70
vs Conf 13-8 9-2 4-6 10-11 6-5 4-6 73.71 70.38 3.33

Sweet Sixteen Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 71.63 191 70.50 101
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 77.28 64 66.91 39

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Kansas State 0-2 0-1-1 1-1 60.50 23.00 36.13 26.50 12/42 8.50
Kentucky 2-0 1-0-1 1-1 65.00 33.00 50.00 36.00 9/23 6.50

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Mar 21, 2014 KANST 49 KENTY 56 -6 KENTY 131.5 U KENTY KENTY KANST 23 29 35.8 38 28 40 5/21 4/15 7 4
Nov 28, 2008 KANST 72 KENTY 74 -2 Push 139 O KENTY KENTY KANST 23 37 36.4 68.8 25 32 7/21 5/8 10 9

Sweet Sixteen Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Kansas State Wildcats

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 18, 2018 UMBC 50-43 W -9.5 136.5 L/U 40.91 72.22 1 H
Mar 16, 2018 CREIG 69-59 W 2 143.5 W/U 46.00 56.00 9 A
Mar 9, 2018 KANSA 67-83 L 7.5 138.5 L/O 46.67 69.23 2 A
Mar 8, 2018 TCU 66-64 W 3 143 W/U 46.43 64.71 3 H
Mar 3, 2018 BAYLR 77-67 W -2.5 135.5 W/O 52.00 79.17 6 H

Kentucky Wildcats

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Mar 17, 2018 BUFF 95-75 W -5.5 154 W/O 56.25 69.57 7 H
Mar 15, 2018 DAVID 78-73 W -4.5 141 W/O 50.98 81.25 0 H
Mar 11, 2018 TENN 77-72 W 2 137 W/O 50.00 83.33 7 A
Mar 10, 2018 ALA 86-63 W -4.5 139.5 W/O 64.29 71.43 12 H
Mar 9, 2018 GA 62-49 W -4.5 134.5 W/U 42.62 50.00 5 H

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