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

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Kansas State24-1115-1771.6366.914.727-76-411-20-14-9-15-5
Kentucky26-1019-1777.2870.506.788-104-622-1411-75-5

Power Stats

Assists Turnovers
NameAssistsTurnoversRatio
KANST13.9711.661.2
KENTY13.3912.921.04
Rebounding
NameOffenseDefenseTotal
KANST8.0322.8330.86
KENTY11.9426.6738.61
ShootingPercentage
NameOffenseDefenseDifferential
KANST47.0342.254.78
KENTY47.3740.496.88
Team Records

Kansas State Wildcats

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall24-1117-57-615-178-117-671.6366.914.72
Last 107-35-02-36-44-12-368.3065.402.90
vs Conf11-97-34-612-87-35-570.5572.10-1.55

Kentucky Wildcats

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Overall26-1021-35-719-1713-116-677.2870.506.78
Last 109-17-02-19-17-02-181.6069.9011.70
vs Conf13-89-24-610-116-54-673.7170.383.33

Sweet Sixteen Supergrid

TitleStatRankStatRank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense71.6319170.50101
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense77.286466.9139

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals
Kansas State0-20-1-11-160.5023.0036.1326.5012/428.50
Kentucky2-01-0-11-165.0033.0050.0036.009/236.50

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Mar 21, 2014KANST49KENTY56-6KENTY131.5UKENTYKENTYKANST232935.83828405/214/1574
Nov 28, 2008KANST72KENTY74-2Push139OKENTYKENTYKANST233736.468.825327/215/8109

Sweet Sixteen Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Kansas State Wildcats

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 18, 2018UMBC50-43W-9.5136.5L/U40.9172.221H
Mar 16, 2018CREIG69-59W2143.5W/U46.0056.009A
Mar 9, 2018KANSA67-83L7.5138.5L/O46.6769.232A
Mar 8, 2018TCU66-64W3143W/U46.4364.713H
Mar 3, 2018BAYLR77-67W-2.5135.5W/O52.0079.176H

Kentucky Wildcats

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Mar 17, 2018BUFF95-75W-5.5154W/O56.2569.577H
Mar 15, 2018DAVID78-73W-4.5141W/O50.9881.250H
Mar 11, 2018TENN77-72W2137W/O50.0083.337A
Mar 10, 2018ALA86-63W-4.5139.5W/O64.2971.4312H
Mar 9, 2018GA62-49W-4.5134.5W/U42.6250.005H

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