For the East Region of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, one contest in the Sweet 16 contains a showdown between Michigan State and Kansas State. The Spartans are a battle-tested squad that finished fourth in the Big Ten this season but are coming off two excellent wins over USC and most recently, Marquette (69-60). MSU guard Tyson Walker is a sharpshooter, leading the squad in points per game at 14.5 while shooting an efficient 46.2% from the field. Opposing them will be the Wildcats, a top-three team from the Big 12 with a regular season record of 25-9. K-State is coming off a hard-fought win over Kentucky and has been able to hang with most squads they have faced this season and earned the No. 3 seed in the East for a reason.
For this report, SBS will be going over what to look for from each team along with a prediction in this matchup and even more notes about NCAAB wagering.
|NCAA Basketball Sweet 16 Game Two||The Pick|
|Kansas State vs. Michigan State||Kansas State ML||+113||+113||+113|
As mentioned above, K-State is a top-three squad from the hyper-competitive Big 12, scoring seven wins over ranked opponents this season. This was highlighted by an overtime win over then-No. 2 ranked Kansas back in mid-January. The key offensive force this season for the Wildcats, pun intended, has been forward Keyontate Johnson. The senior leads the team in both scoring (17.7 ppg) and also rebounding (7.1 rpg) while also shooting an incredibly efficient 51.9% from the field.
After Johnson, Markquis Nowell is the leading man in the Wildcats’ backcourt, dishing out a superb 7.8 assists per game. This will be an interesting contest though as the Wildcats and Spartans are similar in terms of scoring (75.5 to 70.3) while the Spartans give up three fewer points per game than K-State, 65 to 62 ppg. Both squads average about the same in field goal percentage, rebounding, and blocks per game.
Coming off an emphatic 69-60 win over Marquette, the Spartans are riding high. Prior to that, Michigan State also held down another mythologically-inclined squad, the USC Trojans, 72-62, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. In both contests, Michigan State was able to lead for the majority of each game. In the last game though, the Spartans had perhaps one of their most complete games, with Tom Izzo leaning on star guard Walker all the way to victory depositing shooting only 12.5% from the field.
Another squad with a solid resume, the Spartans were not able to score as many ranked wins as the Wildcats this year. However, they did not knock off then No. 4-ranked Kentucky earlier this year in double overtime. While that was in November, the Spartans did still string together some solid conference victories later in the year, from Rutgers (No. 23) to Indiana (No. 17). That said, they did flame out in the Big Ten Conference Tournament, but have rebounded nicely in the NCAA Tournament.
Prediction: This is a toss-up game for these squads, but take the Wildcats to win outright here given their stouter resume and body of work.
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