The Kansas State Wildcats (1-0) will be at home in Fred Bramlage Coliseum when they meet the UMKC Kangaroos (1-1). Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
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In the Kangaroos last outing, they won big over the Haskell Fighting Indians, 110-59. With 11 points, six steals and five rebounds, UMKCs Marvin Nesbitt Jr. played well. UMKC dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.325 and a turnover percentage of 8.0. For those same stats, Haskell put up marks of 0.057 and 27.7, respectively.
The Wildcats hope to maintain momentum after blowing out the American University Eagles in their last matchup, 83-45. Kansas State received a boost from Dean Wade, who was the games high scorer with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Kansas State played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.245 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.4. For those same stats, American University was 0.054 and 22.2, respectively.
The physical Kansas State offense seems poised to dominate from the free throw line. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Wildcats rank 55th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.285, while UMKC has been among the nations most foul-prone squads (giving up a 276th-ranked FTA rate of 0.278). This contest should be a showdown of opposite paces. The up-and-down Kangaroos rank 20th in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Wildcats rank 292nd.
UMKC Kangaroos at Kansas State Wildcats Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – UMKC, ATS Winner – UMKC, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- Kansas State ranks 64th in rebounds allowed per game (33.1) while UMKC ranks 281st (38.1).
- The Wildcats average 15.1 assists per game, which ranks 69th in the NCAA. The Kangaroos rank 227th in assists allowed per game (14.2).
- Kansas State ranks 29th in steals per game (7.8) while UMKC ranks 143rd in steals allowed per game (6.2).