NCAA Basketball Odds – Kansas State Wildcats to Get Home Cooking Against Texas Longhorns
Written by North Shore Sports, Inc.
The NCAA basketball odds for this week are posted at Bookmaker Sportsbook, and today, we’re taking a look at Wednesday’s tilt between teams in the Big XII, as the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas State Wildcats get it on in the ‘Octagon of Doom’.
The Texas Longhorns (12-5, 3-9 ATS) and the Kansas State Wildcats (12-4, 6-6 ATS) are set to tango on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from the Fred Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, KS. We’re breaking down the NCAA basketball odds for this clash, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com starting at 9:00 ET.
We only have four games to base the Big XII season off of for the Wildcats, but what we have seen so far is that the home team has been the dominating one in their games. The hosts have won three of the four games, and the one game that was won by the road team was a 75-73 escape for the undefeated Baylor Bears here in Manhattan.
Rodney McGruder is only averaging 14.5 points per game this season, but those numbers aren’t indicative of what he is capable of. The junior has scored at least 14 in six straight games, and he has had at least 19 in three in a row. McGruder isn’t afraid to jack it up from anywhere on the court, as he is a career 39 percent shooter from beyond the arc. When he gets going, look out! There might not be a better sharpshooter in the country that can take over a game and single-handedly beat the NCAA basketball gambling odds.
Texas has had a very inconsistent season. At 12-5, all the Horns really have to do is stay on the horse to get into the NCAA Tournament, but eventually, they are going to have to win a game like this one to ensure their spot in the dance. Texas failed on Saturday at the Missouri Tigers, losing 84-73, and this might be an even tougher test in the second duel of this back-to-back.
Head Coach Rick Barnes has a man that he can count on for some big time stats as well in the form of J’Covan Brown. Brown is the leading scorer in the conference at 19.1 points per game, and he can do it all as well. He is one of the top shooters on the team, shooting 45.3 percent, and when the Longhorns are beating the NCAA basketball betting odds, he is shooting well from beyond the arc as well. Brown is shooting 39.4 percent from downtown, tops on the team.
NCAA Basketball Odds Prediction – The Wildcats have won two in a row both SU and ATS in this series, including winning by nine points when these two teams met last year. They are also 9-1-1 ATS in the last 11. If KSU is laying less than a touchdown, we have to back it on the NCAA basketball betting lines.
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