The Marquette Golden Eagles are 5.5-point underdogs to the Kansas State Wildcats at the best Kansas gambling sites, seeking their first victory over Kansas State since 1988. The Golden Eagles have gone 2-0 straight up and ATS against Kansas State in their last two meetings in 2018 and 2019.
The Marquette Golden Eagles dropped to 7-2 SU and 4-5 ATS on the year with an 89-76 loss at Wisconsin this past Saturday, following a pair of home victories over Northern Illinois 80-66 and Jackson State 83-54.In the second half, their team did not play defense. This caused them to shoot from the field at 50.8% and from 3-pointers at 41.7%.
Marquette is ranked No. 77 in the latest KenPom rankings. The team is giving up 95.7 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 67th out of all teams in the country. They also rank low on shooting with 42.5% from the field and 32.6% from 3-point range.
Marquette ranks last in the Big East with a points scored defense of 101.1 (29th). On 44.5 percent shooting from the field, Marquet e is scoring 104.6 points per 100 possessions (tied-178th). Freshman Justin Lewis is putting up 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Kansas State has lost two games against top-25 teams, but they have since won three games in a row. They beat North Dakota 84-42, Albany 71-43, and Wichita State 65-59, and covered the spread on all three games.
On April 21, the Cats outlasted the Shockers as 5.5-point home favorites, which they did last Sunday. They played excellent defense and forced 14 giveaways while allowing Wichita State to make 35.2% of its field goals and 21.7% of its three-pointers.
The Wildcats are No. 62 in KenPom’s rankings and have a rating of 104.6 (106th). In a return, Kansas State scores 104.6 points per 100 possessions (46th) and allows only 93.2 (26th). Markquis Nowell has 12.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game this season, and Nijel Pack scores 15.8 points a night on 51.5 percent field goal shooting
The Golden Eagles have a number of new players on their roster, whereas the Wildcats are in a different circumstance. As a result, I believe Kansas State’s defense will be important in this game.
The Golden Eagles have been difficult to predict this season. They’ve had some really nice games against Illinois and West Virginia, but they lost at Wisconsin. On paper, the Golden Eagles look like a very good team, but they will have trouble against Kansas State.
Marquette has been playing at a very fast pace. They have averaged 75.3 possessions per 40 minutes. It is good to play with many possessions because there are more chances to score than when you play with fewer possessions. On the other side, Kansas State has played at a much slower pace with 68.0 possessions per 40 minutes.
The Wildcats should be able to dominate the game. Kansas State’s aggressive defense will disrupt the Golden Eagles’ offense, as they rank 14th in the country in opponent field goal percentage (36.8%) and fourth in opponent 3-point percentage (23.5%).