Kansas St vs Utah St: Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(5) Kansas St. vs. (12) Utah State

Southeast Region - Tucson

March 17 - 9:57 truTV

 

Remember when there were questions as to whether or not Kansas State, who went to the Elite 8 last year, would even make the tournament? That seems like a long time ago for Frank Martin's team, who got tougher and with Jacob Pullen leading the way have the ability to make some noise. How far the Wildcats go will depend on the frontcourt, and they've got a tough test on their hands in Utah State. Tai Wesley leads a deep frontcourt and on the perimeter there's point guard Brockeith Pane and senior Pooh Williams. The Aggies are a tough team to scout given the number of sets that head coach Stew Morrill will run, and their offensive execution can burn opponents who don't remain disciplined defensively. Get through this one and Kansas State can make a run, but beating Utah State is by no means a sure thing.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Kansas St

Utah St

 

Stars to Watch:

G Jacob Pullen (Kansas State)

F Tai Wesley (Utah State)

 

Vegas Odds:

Kansas St -2

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI: Utah St 69 - Kansas St 67

KenPom: Utah St 65 - Kansas St 62

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Utah St

 

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