The Marquette Golden Eagles will take on the Kansas State Wildcats at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. K-State is 5-2 overall and 4-0 at home, while the Golden Eagles are 7-2 overall and 0-1 on the road. The two programs played a home-and-home series in 2018 and 2019 with Marquette winning and covering both games.
However, the Golden Eagles have since turned the reins of their program over to former Texas and VCU head coach Shaka Smart and the roster has almost entirely turned over. This time around, the Wildcats are favored by 1.5 points in the latest Kansas State vs. Marquette odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 142.5. Before entering any Marquette vs. Kansas State picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Kansas State vs. Marquette spread: Kansas State -1.5
- Kansas State vs. Marquette over-under: 142.5 points
What you need to know about Kansas State
The Wildcats didn't have too much breathing room in their contest with the Wichita State Shockers on Sunday, but they still walked away with a 65-59 win. K-State got double-digit scores from four players: guard Markquis Nowell (16), forward Kaosi Ezeagu (14), guard Selton Miguel (12), and guard Mike McGuirl (10).
Kansas State is likely to be without leading scorer Nijel Pack, who is recovering from a concussion. Without Pack in the lineup, Nowell and Ezeagu will once again have to shoulder a heavier scoring load. Nowell is a diminutive (5-foot-7) guard who transferred from Arkansas-Little Rock and is averaging 12.3 points per game while Ezeagu is a 6-foot-10 forward who originally transferred from UTEP and is now in his second season with the program and averaging 8.7 points per game.
What you need to know about Marquette
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles received a tough blow this past Saturday as they fell 89-76 to the Wisconsin Badgers. Forward Justin Lewis (14 points) was the top scorer for Marquette. The second-year forward is averaging 15.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this year but how he contends with Ezeagu on the inside will be critical on Wednesday.
Maryland transfer Darryl Morsell also had 11 points and seven rebounds in the loss and he's been an important addition all season for Smart's squad. Morsell is averaging 14.8 points per game while shooting 49.0 percent from the floor and 44.1 percent from the 3-point line this season.
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