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November 21, 2018

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Vegas Play of the Day: Michigan State vs. Kansas

The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.

Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.

Past winners are Case Keefer in 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.

Michigan State vs. Kansas under 156 points: $440 to win $400

The total for the first marquee college basketball game of the year looks a little inflated because of what these teams did last year. Both the Jayhawks and Spartans scored more than their programs usually do in 2017-2018.

Their personnel and style this year makes a small step back on the offensive end look likely. Kansas used a guard-heavy lineup to reach the Final Four and shot more than 3-pointers than any Bill Self-coached team had ever attempted before.

The Jayhawks’ top three scorers are all gone, and Self now wants to transition them back to a more traditional offense and play inside-out.

Michigan State will play similarly after losing two lottery picks of its own. The Spartans don’t have a lot of shooters, and will look to attack the paint.  

Look for this game to be more of a bruising interior battle than a free-wheeling trading of jump shots. It might fall well under 156 points.

Current Standings: Keefer (14-12-2, $8,831), Grimala (10-9, $6,765), Brewer (5-11-1, $4,900)

Case Keefer can be reached at 702-948-2790 or [email protected]. Follow Case on Twitter at twitter.com/casekeefer.

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