The Miami basketball team plays against Kansas State in the Baha Mar Bahamas Hoops Championship Game on Sunday afternoon in Nassau. Kansas State and Miami is an early season matchup between two teams who advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
Miami guard Nijel Pack will face his former program for the first time. Pack transferred to Miami from Kansas State during the 2022 offseason. Kansas State defeated Providence 73-70 on Friday to qualify for the Baha Mar Bahamas Hoops The Wildcats are 3-1 after losing to USC in their season opener.
The Miami basketball team is playing Kansas State for the first time. Miami has experience playing versus Big XII teams. Miami defeated Texas in the 2023 NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Final, beat Iowa State in the 2022 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and lost to Kansas in the Elite Eight that season.
The story of the season for Miami through its first four games has been the emergence of Wooga Poplar and the dominance of the five starters. Poplar has had a breakout season as predicted by head coach Jim Larranaga. Poplar is averaging 18.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
All five Miami starters average at least 13.0 PPG. A.J. Casey and Christian Watson are the Miami leaders off the bench averaging 3.5 PPG. Kansas State is led by Tylor Perry who is averaging 21.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 4.8 APG. Camryn Carter contributes 15.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG and 2.8 APG and Arthur Kaluma 12.0 PPG and 7.7 RPG.
Miami Basketball versus Kansas State: Baha Mar Bahamas Hoops Championship
Date: Sun., Nov. 19, 2023, Time: 2:30 p.m. ET, Location: Nassau, Bahamas, Arena: Baha Mar Grand Ballroom, Live Stats: miami.statbroadcast.com, Television: CBS Sports Network, Radio: 560 WQAM, Series: First meeting
Kansas State: (3-1, 0-0 Big XII) Head Coach Jerome Tang [Charter Oak State College ’07], Record at Kansas State: 29-11/Second Year, Career Record: 31-11/Second Year+, vs. Miami: 0-0 [0-0 at neutral sites]
#12/11 Miami (4-0, 0-0 ACC), Head Coach: Jim Larrañaga (Providence ‘71), Record at UM: 259-149, Career Record: 729-483. Record vs. Kansas State: 1-0
Courtesy MiamiHurricanes.Com and KStateSports.Com
Miami versus Kansas State Fan Duel Odds
Spread: Miami -2.5 Total 147.5 Moneyline: Miami -256 Kansas State +130 Total 157.5 Over -115 Under -105
Kansas State is 2-2 against the spread this season. Miami is 3-1. Miami has been a favorite in all four games this season. The only game Miami did not cover the spread was on Monday versus FIU. After not covering in its first two games, Kansas State has covered in its last two contests.
Kansas State and Miami both exceeded the over in their first three games before going in the Bahamas. Miami is averaging 88.5 points per game and allowing 69.8. Kansas State averages 79.0 PPG and allows 73.8. Expect a high-scoring game. Kansas State is 43rd nationally in possessions per game.
Miami is 65th nationally in possessions per game. The game should be played somewhere in the seventies. Although Kansas State averages more possessions per game it would be in their best interests to not get into a running game with Miami. The spread is too low. Take Miami and the under in Nassau.