Kansas State-UC Irvine Betting Odds: Opening Spread, Analysis for 2019 NCAA Tournament

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Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Kansas State Wildcats guard Kamau Stokes (3).

#4 Kansas St. vs. #13 UC Irvine NCAA Tournament Betting Odds

  • Spread: Kansas St. -6
  • Over/Under: 118.5
  • Date: Friday, March 22
  • Time: 2 p.m. ET
  • Location: San Jose, Calif.
  • TV: TBS

Kansas State’s Statistical Profile

Kansas State began the year ranked No. 12 in the preseason AP Top 25. For a while the Wildcats were living up to their ranking, as they began the season an undefeated 6-0, but when Big 12 play started, they immediately stumbled.

K-State began conference play 0-2 with losses to Texas and Texas Tech, and at the time, finishing tied for first in the Big 12 looked like a pipedream. Five straight conference wins later – over West Virginia, Iowa State, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas Tech – and the Wildcats were right back in the mix.

They went on to knock off in-state rival Kansas in both meetings, and ultimately earned at least one win against every opponent in the Big 12 to finish 14-4, tied atop the conference standings with Texas Tech. Despite being the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament, though, they were bounced in the semis by Iowa State.

This is Kansas State’s third straight year in the NCAA Tournament, and ninth since 2008. Last year, the Wildcats made the Elite Eight as a 9-seed, only to lose to No. 11 Loyola-Chicago 78-62. — Danny Donahue

  • Record: 25-8
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 23
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 102
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 6
  • Tempo Rank: 342

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

UC Irvine’s Statistical Profile

Cal Irvine is headed to the NCAA Tournament for just the second time in school history. The Anteaters enter the Big Dance with an impresive 30-5 record (15-1 conference) after walloping in-state rival Cal State Fullerton 92-64 in the Big West title game. Irvine ranks in the top 100 in adjusted efficiency (81st ) but they’re much more of a defensive team than offensive team.

The Anteaters are 152nd in offensive efficiency, averaging 72.9 PPG thanks mostly to juniors Max Hazzard (12.5 PPG) and Evan Leonard (11.1 PPG). But their stifling defense ranks 48th in defensive efficiency, only allowing 63.3 PPG (19th best in the nation). Upset-minded Irvine enters the tourney having won 16 straight. — Josh Appelbaum

  • Record: 30-5
  • Adj. Efficiency Rank: 81
  • Adj. Offensive Efficiency Rank: 152
  • Adj. Defensive Efficiency Rank: 48
  • Tempo Rank: 293

All advanced metrics via KenPom as of Friday, March 15

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