7 seed Brigham Young Cougars and 2 seed Kansas State Wildcats meet up in the second round of the West Region in this year’s NCAA tournament, where the winner will square off with the Pitt/Xavier winner in the Sweet 16. Many expected to see this match up in the second round, with BYU beating Florida in double overtime and Kansas State walking all over North Texas in their first round game. BYU went 30-5 overall on the season and 13-3 in their Mountain West Conference. Kansas State was an impressive 27-7 this year and 11-5 in the Big 12. The oddsmakers have set this game with Kansas State as 4 point favorites, and we can expect to see a very exciting and close game. BYU vs Kansas State betting odds, line, trends and my prediction are below.
BYU vs Kansas State Spread, Line, and Betting Odds:
Over 156.5 (-110)
Under 156.5 (-110)
BYU vs Kansas State Predictions:
Spread/Line Predictions – The Kansas State Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 non conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, and 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite of 0.5-6.5. The BYU Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NCAA tournament games as an underdog, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games as an underdog, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog of 0.5-6.5 points. BYU had an emotional win on Thursday that may have drained the team, while Kansas State cruised to victory. I am confident Kansas State wins this game, and I have them covering the 4 point spread in doing so. BET KANSAS STATE -4.
Over/Under Predictions – A lot of the over trends are pointing to the over here, especially with BYU, but I think the oddsmakers have set this line a touch too high. The under has gone 6-2 in Kansas State’s last 8 games vs a team with a winning percentage above .600. BYU had huge games from Jimmer Fredette and Michael Loyd who pitched in with 37 and 26 point respectively, but I don’t expect them to continue at that rate. This will be a hard fought game, and as long as we stay clear of this game going into overtime, I think the under is a solid play tonight. BET UNDER 156.5.
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