The FAU Owls (34-3) battle the Kansas State Wildcats (26-9) in the Elite 8 on Saturday evening. Tip from Madison Square Garden in New York is scheduled for 6:09 p.m. ET (TBS). Let’s analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the FAU vs. Kansas State odds as we make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and best bets.
FAU took down Tennessee 62-55 in the Sweet 16 to cover as a 4.5-point underdog on Thursday. The Owls have now won 10 games in a row including their last 6 games on neutral courts. They are 7-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games including 2-1 ATS in the tournament and 23-11-1 ATS on the season.
Kansas State beat Michigan State 98-93 in overtime to cover as a 1-point favorite in the Sweet 16 on Thursday. The Wildcats are 7-3 straight up and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. This season, they are 23-12 ATS.
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FAU at Kansas State odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 6:17 p.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): FAU +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Kansas State -130 (bet $130 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): FAU +1.5 (-102) | Kansas State -1.5 (-118)
- Over/Under (O/U): 144.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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FAU at Kansas State picks and predictions
Kansas State 71, FAU 65
At -130 odds, the spread presents a more profitable play on Kansas State.
BET KANSAS STATE -1.5 (-118).
F Keyontae Johnson and G Markquis Nowell led the way for the Wildcats in their Sweet 16 OT win and they will take control on Saturday to gain a spot in the Final Four. Nowell found success facilitating the offense with 19 assists. With 6 KSU players scoring in double digits, the Owls will not have an answer on the offensive end. FAU had an impressive performance against Tennessee, but their Cinderella run will end on Saturday
BET UNDER 144.5 (-112).
The Under is 5-1 in the Owls’ last 6 games and 5-1 in their last 6 games following an outright win. They also rank 158th in the nation in pace according to the KenPom rankings and like to slow the pace down to get into their offense.
While the Over has hit in each of Kansas State’s 3 tournament games, only the overtime game against Michigan State hit without question. The Over in its first 2 games against Kentucky and Montana State hit by a combined 4.5 points. The Under is 6-1 in the Wildcats last 7 games after scoring 90 or more points in their previous game and 6-1 in their last 7 Saturday games.
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