Kansas State Wildcats vs. West Virginia Mountaineers - 1/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (16-3) at Kansas State Wildcats (12-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Bramlage Coliseum)
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The West Virginia Mountaineers will travel to Bramlage Coliseum to take on the Kansas State Wildcats this Tuesday night.
The 17th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers improved to 16-3 (4-2 Big 12) on the season after winning an 86-85 (OT) contest against the TCU Horned Frogs this past Saturday. West Virginia was outrebound by a 47-37 margin however, forced TCU into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Juwan Staten who had a double-double with 18 points and 12 assists. West Virginia is ranked 15th in the RPI Standings and has played the 65th ranked SOS. On the season, the Mountaineers have been led by Juwan Staten (15.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg) and Devin Williams (11.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.2 apg). Offensively, West Virginia is averaging 77.7 points on 41.7% shooting (ranked 259th). The Mountaineers are shooting just 29.9% from beyond the arc (ranked 302nd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.24 (ranked 52nd). West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 64.2 ppg (ranked 129th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 268th). The Mountaineers average 12.5 spg (ranked 1st) and have a turnover margin of 9.9 (ranked 1st).
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The Kansas State Wildcats improved to 12-8 (5-2 Big 12) on the season after defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys this past Saturday. Kansas State shot 57.1% from the field and held Oklahoma State to just 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Wildcats was Nino Williams who had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Kansas State is ranked 73rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 54th ranked SOS. On the season, the Wildcats have been led by Marcus Foster (13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Nino Williams (12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apg). Offensively, Kansas State is averaging 65.7 ppg (ranked 215th) on 46.1% shooting (ranked 63rd). The Wildcats average just 4.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 303rd) and shoot 68.7% from the free throw line (ranked 181st). Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg (ranked 84th) on 44.1% shooting (ranked 250th). The Wildcats have a turnover margin of -0.4 (ranked 212th) and pull down 31.2 total rpg (ranked 309th).
The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Wildcats are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
To beat West Virginia it’s absolutely critical that you take care of the ball as the Mountaineers are the best in the land in creating turnovers. Although West Virginia only has three losses on the season, they’ve looked a bit shaky as of late. Kansas State struggled a bit early in the season, but looks like a completely different team these past few weeks as they’ve been getting great production out of Nino Williams and Marcus Foster. West Virginia has struggled at Kansas State the past two years and I can’t go against Kansas State at home with the way they are playing. Take Kansas State and the points.