ESPN reported Friday morning that just over one-thousandth of 17.3 million brackets filled out at their website had Kansas State vs. Loyola-Chicago in South Regional Final. Surprised it was that many.
The South Region and March Madness have gone hand in hand this season because almost nothing has made sense. The higher seed in this region is 5-9 SU and 4-10 ATS and is guaranteed either a No. 9 seed (Kansas State) or a No. 11 seed (Loyola-Chicago) will be in San Antonio for the Final Four. You can’t make this stuff up.
The early line for college basketball odds has Kansas State favored by -1 or a Pick at the various sportsbooks for this 6:09 EDT start on TBS. Time to break down this incredible and unlikely matchup.
The Wildcats (25-11, 16-17 ATS) have made the Big 12 proud and personify this season. Kansas State finished fourth in their conference at 10-8 and lasted just two games in their conference tournament. Thus, playing in this Elite 8 encounter with their leading-scorer Dean Wade having played all of eight minutes in this tournament, yes, that would qualify as a shocking result to this point. In K-State’s last three games they have only shot 40.5 percent, yet survived.