The Saint Louis Billikens (9-2) and the Kansas State Wildcats (6-4) go head-to-head at Sprint Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
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The last time the Wildcats played, they fell to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 67-61. Kansas State’s Cartier Diarra had a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 20 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Mississippi State had a turnover percentage of 13.8 (better than their season average of 20.3). Kansas State, on the other hand, did a great job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (27-36; 75.0 percent).
The Billikens will look to keep it rolling after beating the Maryville (MO) Saints in their last outing, 82-69. Jordan Goodwin fueled Saint Louis with 18 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. Saint Louis played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 8.3 (better than their season average of 16.1) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.0 (below their season average of 37.8). Maryville (MO) was 23.8 and 14.8, respectively, for those same stats.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams face off. Saint Louis currently ranks 300th in possessions per game (69.1) and Kansas State is 271st (68.0).
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Prediction: SU Winner – Saint Louis, ATS Winner – Saint Louis, O/U – Under
Kansas State ranks 16th in steals per game (9.7) while Saint Louis ranks 80th (7.5).
The Billikens’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 10.0, up from 9.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wildcats have scored an average of 69.6 points per game (2.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (3.4 above their season average).