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West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14

Kansas State Wildcats (15-6) at West Virginia Mountaineers (12-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm (WVU Colliseum)

The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

Storyline: The West Virginia Mountaineers hope to build on their win over Baylor when they play host to the Kansas State Wildcats Saturday.

The Breakdown: WVU improved to 4-4 for 6th place in the Big 12 with its 66-64 victory over Baylor Tuesday. The Mountaineers were lifted to the win on a layup by junior G Juwan Staten with three seconds left on the clock. WVU was outdone by the Bears from the field 45.5 percent to 40.0 percent and from downtown 50.0 percent to 34.8 percent, but scored 15 points off 11 Baylor turnovers. The Mountaineers also converted 10 of 15 from the free throw line. Staten scored a game-high 15 points to go along with 9 assists, junior F Remi Debo had 13 points off the bench, and sophomore G Eron Harris added 12 points. On the season, the WVU is averaging 78.2 ppg on 45.1 percent shooting. Harris leads the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg, followed by Staten at 17.2.

West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas State Wildcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/1/14

Meanwhile, Kansas State sits in 4th place in the conference with a record of 5-3, snapping a two-game slide with a 66-58 victory over Texas Tech Tuesday. The Wildcats hit 22 of 50 from the field and held Tech to 19 of 56 from the floor, but struggled from distance, connecting on just 3 of 15 to the Red Raiders’ 5 of 13. The Wildcats were also edged on the boards 34-32. Senior G Will Spradling scored a game-high 17 points and hit 7 of 8 from the line, including a pair that helped seal the victory, junior F Nino Williams had 13 points and 4 rebounds off the bench, and freshman G Wesley Iwundu added 11 points. Through 21 games, K-State is averaging 68.1 ppg on 36.1 percent shooting. Freshman G Marcus Foster leads the team with 13.4 ppg, followed by junior F Thomas Gipson at 11.8 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -3.5 for West Virginia. The Mountaineers got absolutely throttled by K-State 78-56 when these two met up a couple weeks ago, but look for an even closer game than the spread.  

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