Kansas State Vs Syrcause Picks, Spread, and Review


Kansas State advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 70-64 win over Southern Miss on Thursday as -5½ point dogs. Rodney McGruder scored 30 points on 11-of-16 shooting, powering Kansas State to a win and cover over Southern Miss in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jordan Henriquez supplied 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Wildcats, who are the eighth seed in the East Region and will next face Syracuse on Saturday. Angel Rodriguez contributed 13 points and four assists in the win. Kansas State is making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Wildcats lost to Wisconsin in the third round last year. K-State shot 50 percent from the floor, compared to 36.7 percent for Southern Miss and the Wildcats outscored Southern Miss 26-12 at the free throw line.

Syracuse struggled with NC-Asheville on Thursday in their 72-65 win as -15½ point favorites. James Southerland scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and the Orange avoided a near disaster by edging UNC Asheville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

A 16th-seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed, but NC-Asheville put a scare into Syracuse, the East Region’s top seed. With the win, the Orange set a new school record for single-season wins at 32, breaking the mark previously held by the 1986-87 squad.

Dion Waiters and Kris Joseph scored 12 points apiece for Syracuse, which is playing without sophomore center Fab Melo for the duration of the tournament due to academic reasons. Scoop Jardine finished with 11 points, seven assists and two steals, while Southerland and Kris Joseph both grabbed eight rebounds.

Syracuse enters this one on a current 1-7 ATS run and the Orange are also 11-15 ATS against winning teams and 1-5 ATS as a neutral court favorite between -3½ and -6 points, however, Syracuse has always found success against Big-12 teams, going 10-4 ATS.

As for Kansas State, the Wildcats are 3-10 ATS against winning teams and 1-4 ATS against Big East teams, but the Wildcats are a respectable 20-13 ATS against non-conference foes.

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