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Kansas State vs Montana State Prediction & Picks for March 17 – NCAA Tournament Matchup

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Kansas State vs Montana State Betting Prediction

A Big XII vs Big Sky matchup highlights Friday’s slate in Greensboro as Kansas State takes on Montana State.

After dropping their last two games, the Wildcats have opened as an 8-point favorite over the Bobcats, with the total sitting at 140 points.

One year after a disastrous welcome to the NCAA Tournament scene, Montana State will look to make amends against another Big XII opponent.

The Bobcats fell behind 32-9 in the opening ten minutes against Texas Tech last year and eventually fell by 35 to the Red Raiders.

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Kansas State vs Montana State NCAA Tournament Pick : Current Best Betting Odds

Friday, March 17Game Notes & Top Odds NCAA Tournament, Courtesy of Caesars
Point Spread:Kansas State Wildcats -8 vs Montana State Bobcats
Total:139.5 points
Arena:Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC
Game Time: 9:40pm ET / 6:40pm PT

Kansas State vs Montana State Betting Analysis

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Teams that pull off upsets often play with a unique style, whether they shoot a high volume of three-pointers or they run a high-tempo offense or they run a full-court press on defense. They do something out of the norm to catch the opponent by surprise.

Montana State Looks to Make Most of NCAA Tournament Bid

With all due respect to Montana State, if you injected some truth serum into Big Sky basketball supporters, they likely would have told you that Eastern Washington would have given the conference its best shot at pulling an upset in the NCAA Tournament (The Eagles just won at Washington State in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday).

Eastern Washington was No. 3 in the country in effective field goal percentage and top-40 in three-point volume. If you want to pull off an upset in March, you need to have something like that on your resume.

Montana State is a good basketball team, but Kansas State saw 20+ good basketball teams through out the course of the season. The Bobcats play at a slow pace, so they’re not going to catch Kansas State by surprise there. They are No. 294 in three-point volume, so they’re not going to light it up from deep.

Kansas State vs Montana State Expert Prediction

In Montana State’s two attempts against upper-tier opponents this season, the Bobcats lost by 30 at Oregon and 21 at Arizona.

Power forward Jubrile Belo is a very skilled player for the Bobcats, but getting him in positive matchups in the Big Sky is a lot easier than facing a top-20 defense. This number should be double-digits in our opinion. Lay the points with Kansas State.

Prediction: Kansas State Wildcats -8

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