La Salle Explorers versus Kansas St Wildcats Pick Prediction NCAA Tournament College Basketball Betting Odds Preview 3-22-2013

raceandsportsbookThe 22-9 La Salle Explorers from the A10 conference will face the 27-7 Kansas St Wildcats from the Big 12 conference in a second round NCAA Tournament college basketball game on Friday afternoon.

Tip off time from Sprint Center in Kansas City Missouri is scheduled for 3:10PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TRU TV.

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The NCAA Tournament college basketball odds have the Kansas St Wildcats favored by -5 ½ points with an over under line of 132 points.

LaSalle qualifies for the second round of the NCAA Tournament following a 80-71 victory in the First Four round against the Boise St Broncos as a +1 ½ point underdog. The game finished over 139 points.

The Explorers jumped out to the 35-27 lead at the half. La Salle enjoyed a 63.3% shooting game with 11 of 21 from the three point line. They allowed the Broncos 49.1% from the floor and pulled down nine less rebounds than Boise St. Tyrone Garland came off the bench for 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting for the Explorers in victory.

Kansas St is 5-3 on neutral court games. The Wildcats finished 16-5 against the Big 12 conference. At neutral court locations the Wildcats have wins against UAH, Delaware, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma St with losses to Michigan, Gonzaga and Kansas. The Wildcats are coming off the 70-54 defeat in the Big 12 championship game against the Kansas Jayhawks as a +5 ½ point underdog. The game finished under 131 ½ points.

The Wildcats were outscored by 8 points in each half. They shot just 35% from the floor with 6 of 24 coming from three. Kansas St allowed Kansas 49.1% shooting with 7 of 14 coming from three point distance. Rodney McGruder had 18 points and 5 rebounds on 7 of 15 shooting in defeat. The Wildcats rank 37th in college basketball in scoring defense as Kansas St limits their opponents to just 60.4 points per game.

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