March Madness: Syracuse Orange vs Kansas State Wildcats Pick, Prediction, and Odds

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NCAA Tournament Round Two Betting: Syracuse Orange vs Kansas State Wildcats Pick, Prediction, and Odds

So after an interesting opening day on Thursday of the NCAA Tournament, two teams who have advanced to face each other are the Syracuse Orange and the Kansas State Wildcats. Syracuse is of course the number one seed in the East region, while the Kansas State Wildcats were the 8th seed. Kansas State had a tough time with Southern Miss there for a while, but was able to knock off the Golden Eagles by six at the end of the day. The Orange on the other hand were locked up in one of the most interesting games once it began. They were up against the 16 seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs who gave them everything that they could handle. Syracuse only won the game by seven, and many people felt that outside of a few bad calls, that Asheville had a serious shot to pull off the incredible upset.

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Regardless though, these two teams move on to make up a match-up that many fans who created brackets expected. Now is when it gets interesting for the Cuse' who are without center Fab Melo, and they will need to see who is going to step up against a solid Kansas State team. This match-up will be one of the most anticipated of the second round games that are happening on Saturday, and it's for a good reason. These two teams have some incredible talent throughout their lineups, and the Wildcats are definitely one of the strongest eight seeds in recent memory as well. Syracuse has a lot to prove if they want to have a serious shot to win this tournament, and it'll have to start by making a statement against Kansas State.

» Odds and Sports Betting Line

  • Syracuse Orange: -5
  • Kansas State Wildcats: +5
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» Free Prediction

It's tough to not jump off of the Syracuse bandwagon just yet, but you have to wonder if this team will get it together after a nearly record setting loss to a 16 seed in the first round. The type of game they played against UNC Asheville won't work against this Kansas State team, because they will get run out of the gym by one of the better coached teams in college basketball. I think that Syracuse is going to get the job done in large part thanks to their all around talent, but I'm not convinced on their chances to make a deep run here. I'll take the Cuse' in a close one basket win.

  • Prediction: Syracuse Orange- 71 Kansas State Wildcats- 69
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    I'm shocked that the Wildcats are getting five points here, especially after the opening round match-up for Syracuse. I think that Kansas State will absolutely be ready for this game, and that they will push Syracuse to the brink of elimination. In the end, I think that Syracuse will get the win, but that Kansas State will cover the +5 spread.

  • Pick: Kansas State Wildcats +5