New Mexico State Vs Kansas March Madness Odds & Free PickNoah Williams
The 11.5-point favorite Kansas Jayhawks earned a No. 2 seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and a match-up with the 15th-seeded Aggies of New Mexico State this Friday at CenturyLink Center in Omaha.
The Jayhawks have returned to a top-seeding level after going 1-4 against the spread in their last four round of 64 appearances, a stat that gives Aggie fans hope of a March Madness betting upset.
A Closer Look At The New Mexico State Vs Kansas March Madness Odds & My Free Betting Pick Analysis
Matchup: (15) New Mexico State Aggies vs (2) Kansas Jayhawks
Date: Mar. 20, 2015
Start Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Stadium: CenturyLink Center Omaha
TV Info: CBS
Radio: New Mexico State Vs Kansas
Point Spread: Jayhawks -11.5
New Mexico State March Madness Starting Lineup: Tshilidzi Nephawe (C), Remi Barry (F), Pascal Siakam (F), Daniel Mullings (G), Ian Baker (G).
Kansas Starting March Madness Lineup: Landen Lucas (F), Perry Ellis (F), Frank Mason III (G), Wayne Selden Jr. (G), Kelly Oubre Jr. (G).
The last time these two programs met was in 2008 with a 100-79 win by the Jayhawks as they covered the spread as an 18 point favorite. Kansas is an 11.5-point favorite this time in the March Madness spread this time around
New Mexico State is 23-10 on the season, 8-6 against the spread and went 2-3 in the five games they were invited to the NCAA Tournament this year. The Aggies are led by senior forward Remi Barry (13.3 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.1 APG) and freshman forward Pascal Siakam (13.0 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.3 APG). The team averages 68.5 points per game (147th), 12.1 assists per game (217th), shooting 46.6% from the field. New Mexico State defense permits 59.3 points per game (20th) and grab 35.5 rebounds per game (111th).
“I’m not going to out-coach Bill,” New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies admitted. “We’re not going to draw up any special play or do anything out of the box that’s going to have people ranting and raving about our coaching abilities. We feel like we’re pretty solid, and we do a good job. But it’s going to be about our seniors if we’re able to play a close game and make it really competitive.”
Kansas fell short of claiming Big 12 tournament title after losing against Iowa State in the final, and they ended the season with a 26-8 record, 17-16 against the spread, and 13-6 against squads that made the tournament. Junior forward Perry Ellis (14.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.3 APG) and sophomore guard Frank Mason III (12.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 4.0 APG) lead the Jayhawks , who score 71.2 points per game (80th), shooting 44.0% from the field (140th) and recording 13.3 assists per game (112th). Their defense allows 64.7 points per game (134 th ) and the team gets 37.9 rebounds per game (27 th ).
“He didn’t play particularly great in the tournament, but we didn’t expect him to,” coach Bill Self said about Perry Ellis. “The purpose for him playing in this tournament was getting him ready to go next week.”
The Aggies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a SU win, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog, but 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games as an underdog.
The Jayhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU loss, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Friday games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 NCAA Tournament games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 7.0-12.5 points.