In a First Round NCAA Tournament game, the (3) Kansas State Wildcats will face off with the (14) Montana State Bobcats in the East Region. Let’s take a look at the top college basketball betting odds, March Madness expert picks, betting trends and KenPom Rankings, then give our Kansas State vs Montana State prediction.
Kansas State vs Montana State Prediction and March Madness Expert Picks
2023 NCAA Tournament
No. 3 Kansas State Wildcats (23-9) vs. No. 14 Montana State Bobcats (25-9)
Date: Friday, March 17, 2022
Time: 9:40 PM EST
Venue: Greensboro Coliseum — Greensboro, NC
Kansas State vs Montana State March Madness Betting Odds
Moneyline: KSU: (-387) | MTST: (+30)
Point Spread: KSU: -8.5 (-110) | MTST: +8.5 (-110)
Total: 139.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
KenPom Rankings | Bracketology
KenPom Rankings are from KenPom.com
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Kansas State vs Montana State College Basketball Betting Trends
- Kansas State is 20-12 against the spread (ATS) this season.
- Montana State is 19-12-1 ATS this season.
- Montana State is 5-0 in their last five games.
- The OVER is 16-16 for Kansas State this season.
- The UNDER is 18-14 for Montana State this season.
Kansas State vs Montana State Prediction | March Madness Expert Picks
When Kansas State loses, they lose in bunches. After starting 17-1, the Wildcats lost five of their next seven games. After winning four straight immediately after, they have now lost two games in a row. When the Wildcats lose, it’s mostly due to their defense giving up points in a hurry. Going up against a Montana State team that has an inconsistent but lethal offense when it’s on, they’ll need to be careful they don’t get upset.
Montana State may not have been the team everyone thought would’ve made the tournament out of the Big Sky Conference, but they certainly got hot at the right time to punch their ticket to the dance. The Bobcats have won eight straight thanks in part to a red-hot offense. While they have struggled at times this season, they have put up just shy of 80 points per game over their last five games.
There is certainly a potential for an upset here with Montana State’s surging offense and Kansas State’s vulnerable defense. With that in mind, the Wildcats have plenty of experience in big games while Montana State’s only true test this season was a 21-point loss at Arizona. Keyontae Johnson and Markquis Nowell should be able to do enough to keep Kansas State from getting into too much trouble and cover the spread.
Our college basketball betting Kansas State vs Montana State prediction tonight will be Kansas State covers the spread at BetUS.
For what it’s worth, the ESPN Matchup Predictor gives Kansas State an 83.9% chance to win