NCAAB Odds, Pick for Kansas State vs Miami
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Kansas State vs Miami Odds, Pick
The Bahamas is always a fun destination for vacations, but it’s also a great place to watch championship basketball. On Sunday, the Kansas State Wildcats will meet the Miami Hurricanes for the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas Championship.
Here are Kansas State vs. Miami odds and a pick, including a college basketball betting guide for Sunday, Nov. 19.
Kansas State had to play an extra five minutes to defeat Providence Friday evening, as Arthur Kaluma hit a dagger 3.
Still of note: Kansas State is already without Ques Glover and Nae’Qwan Tomlin for the foreseeable future. That’s not new, but Dai Dai Ames is likely suspended for this contest after a kerfuffle with Providence’s Garwey Dual sent Ames to the locker room early.
The Wildcats' backcourt depth is depleted, to put it lightly. Outside of starters Tylor Perry and Cam Carter, the only other options are Dorian Finister and RJ Jones.
Perry is the one player who can single-handedly carry the Cats’ offense. The lethal scoring guard is averaging 21 points, four rebounds and four assists per game, while shooting 42% from deep and 96% from the line (including 14-of-14 against Providence).
Sometimes Perry can over-dribble in late-game situations, but there’s very few players in the sport you’d feel better about having the ball in those spots. He’s a great player.
I’m actually more interested in seeing how Miami defends him, as the extra length of Wooga Poplar or Bensley Joseph could potentially throw Perry off.
In addition to the depth concerns, Kaluma hasn’t produced enough to this point. It’s no surprise to see the Creighton transfer have some up-and-down scoring performances, as that's what he showed during his two seasons with the Bluejays.
However, Kansas State isn’t rich enough in the scoring department to afford off nights from Kaluma. He must step up in this big game against a Final Four squad from a season ago.
Miami’s first-half struggles are becoming a trend. The Canes overcame a double-digit first-half deficit against Georgia — taking a double-digit halftime lead of their own. Also, Miami let FIU hang around in the first half before the Panthers opened up a double-digit lead in the second half.
You can only play with fire so many times before it leaves a mark.
The Canes lost Isaiah Wong, but Poplar has quickly emerged as the go-to scorer. The 6-foot-5 Poplar is averaging 18 points in four games this season.
It’s more of the same for Miami’s offense; the Canes are shooting 52% from the floor and 45% from deep. There are plenty of options, whether it's Poplar, Nijel Pack, Matthew Cleveland or Norchad Omier in the post.
Pack will face his former team for the first time since transferring to Miami. He's struggled so far, but he's one of the best pure shooters in the sport.
Does that mean Pack has revenge on his mind? It's surely not out of the equation, as the Canes will need a big one from him.
Kansas State vs. Miami
Betting Pick & Prediction
The Canes' quick pace will test Kansas State’s questionable depth. I’m expecting the hot Canes offense to continue firing on all cylinders in the Bahamas.
If Kansas State's depth was up to par, maybe it would be a different story. But right now, rolling with the Canes is the side to pick.
Pick: Miami -2
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