Kentucky vs. Kansas State Prediction, Preview, and Odds – 3-19-2023

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The #6 seeded Kentucky Wildcats play the #3 seeded Kansas State Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament round of 32 on Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Coliseum. Kentucky defeated the Providence Friars on Friday 61-53 in their opening round game of the Big Dance led by Oscar Tshiebewe’s 25 points. Kentucky has won six of the last eight. Kansas State opened its NCAA Tournament with a 77-65 victory over Montana State with Markquis Nowell scoring 17 points. K-State has won five of the last seven. Sahvir Wheeler is out for Kentucky, while K-State does not have any players on its injury report. 

Kentucky opened its NCAA tournament with a 8-point victory over Providence and held the high scoring Friars to just 53 points. Kentucky's defense gave up a field goal shooting percentage of 36% and a 3-point shooting percentage of 21% to Providence. Kentucky held Providence to just seven offensive rebounds giving up very few second look opportunities. Kentucky allows an average of only 67.6 points per game and 42.7% shooting while scoring an average of 75.1 points per game and shooting 46.0%. 

 

Kentucky's leading scorer is Oscar Tshiebwe with an average of 16.2 points per game, while Antonio Reeves is second in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game. Two other players for the Wildcats are averaging double figures in scoring. Cason Wallace is the leader in assists w ith an average of 4.3 dishes per contest. Kentucky out rebounds its opponents 39-27 and is led by Tshiebwe, who averages 13.5 boards per contest. Kentucky is averaging 6.5 steals, 3.8 block shots and 11.7 turnovers per game. 

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