March Madness betting fans were impressed with the Wildcats performance in a 79-81 overtime loss to Kansas on January 30 as it enhanced their credibility with the March Madness odds. The Kansas loss could have been used as a March Madness betting crutch in which the Wildcats simply would give up after the draining heartbreaker.
But instead they demonstrated to everyone handicapping the March Madness odds that they were for real as they scored back-to-back straight up road wins at Nebraska and Iowa State to get back into the Big 12 college basketball gambling race. Kansas State had a March Madness betting record of 19-4 straight up and 12-5-1 against the spread.
They were ranked as high as 11th nationally in some of the March Madness betting polls. Offense is the March Madness betting strength of Kansas State as they ranked 14th in the nation for scoring. Defense, on the other hand, could be a March Madness betting weakness as the Wildcats ranked 200th in the nation for points allowed.
The top two scorers for Kansas State have been guards Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente. The junior Pullen has been one of the leaders in Kansas State’s March Madness betting quest as he was averaging 18.8-points per game. Clemente, a senior, was averaging 15.7-points per game.
Junior forward Curtis Kelly is another March Madness betting asset for the Wildcats as he led the team in rebounds with 6.3-per game along with 11.2-points per game. In their 79-75 win at Iowa State on February 6 Clemente burned the nets for 30 points and was six of eight from three point range.
A big game to point towards later in the schedule will be the Wildcats rematch at the Kansas Jayhawks on March 3. Head coach Frank Martin has placed extra emphasis on beating Kansas and many felt that the Wildcats gave the first game away with too many mistakes.