Kansas Jayhawks vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/8/14
West Virginia Mountaineers (14-9) at Kansas Jayhawks (17-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: West Virginia tries to keep climbing up the Big 12 standings with four straight wins when they square off with #8 Kansas Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Breakdown: The Mountaineers are surging, winning their third consecutive Wednesday 91-86 over #21 Oklahoma. WVU now sits in a tie with the Sooners for third place in the conference at a record of 6-4. Sophomore G Eron Harris lifted the Mountaineers to the overtime victory by scoring 26 of his 28 points in the second half, including 6 three-pointers. Junior G Juwan Staten scored 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and 6 assists, while sophomore G Terry Henderson added 17 points. WVU was outshot from the field 40.6 percent to 39.4 percent, but connected on 11 of 32 from outside the arc to Oklahoma’s 5 of 19. The Mountaineers also came away with 46-44 advantage on the boards and forced 13 turnovers. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 78.9 ppg on 44.7 percent shooting. Staten leads the team with 18.1 ppg, followed by Harris at 17.5 ppg.
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Meanwhile Kansas rebounded from its first Big 12 loss of the season by routing Baylor 69-52 Tuesday. The Jayhawks stifled the Bears to 29.1 percent from the floor and 6 of 20 from distance while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 6 of 10 from outside the arc. Kansas also dominated the boards 45-31. Junior G Naadir Tharpe scored a game-high 22 points, including 4 of 6 from downtown, while freshman G Andre Wiggins and sophomore F Perry Ellis had 14 points apiece. Through 22 games, the Jayhawks are averaging 79.2 ppg on 50.1 percent shooting. Wiggins leads the team with 15.9 ppg, followed by Ellis at 13.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -13.5 for Kansas. The Jayhawks had a bit of a hiccup against Texas, but came back strong the following game against Baylor and appear to be back. The Mountaineers appear to be back as well, however, behind the improving play of Juwan Staten. An upset is unlikely, but a win the size of the spread probably is too. The points look like the play here.