The undefeated Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) try to continue their impressive start when they clash against the winless Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-3) at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. Kansas State is a 29-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 143 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks at Kansas State Wildcats Betting Preview
The Lumberjacks got blown out by the Arizona State Sun Devils in their last outing, 97-62. With 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting, Karl Harris led Northern Arizona in scoring. Arizona State had a much better turnover percentage (12.7 vs. 25.6). Northern Arizona, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.7 vs. 22.9).
In the Wildcats last matchup, they blew out the UC Irvine Anteaters, 71-49. With 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting, Kamau Stokes was the games high scorer. The Wildcats had a much better turnover percentage (10.4 vs. 21.7) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.467 vs. 0.333).
Kansas State figures to have the edge on the offensive side of the ball. The Wildcats rank 91st in effective field goal percentage (0.527), while Northern Arizona ranks 308th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.531) since the 2016-17 season. Ball protection could be troublesome for the Lumberjacks. They rank 308th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 20.8 percent), while the Wildcats have forced the 18th-most turnovers in the nation (opponents turnover percentage of 22.6 percent).
The Lumberjacks are 9-26 straight up (SU) and 17-15 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Since last season, Northern Arizona games have had a tendency to finish under the O/U total (56.3 percent).
On the other hand, the Wildcats, have records of 23-13 SU and 17-14-1 ATS since last season. Vegas has also been spot on when predicting totals of Kansas State games over that same time frame with an even split between overs and unders.
Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Kansas State Wildcats Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Kansas State, ATS Winner – Northern Arizona, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Wildcats average 15.1 assists per game, which ranks 74th in the nation. The Lumberjacks rank 258th in assists allowed per game (14.8).
- Kansas State ranks 110th in blocks per game (3.7) while Northern Arizona ranks 271st (2.1).
- Kansas State ranks 25th in steals per game (7.8) while Northern Arizona ranks 273rd (4.5).
- The Wildcats rank 60th in three pointers allowed per game (19.3) while the Lumberjacks rank 257th (23.3).
- Northern Arizona ranks 78th in rebounds per game (37.7) while Kansas State ranks 272nd (33.1).