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Kansas vs. West Virginia - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

West Virginia Mountaineers (22-7) at Kansas Jayhawks (23-6)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Kansas Jayhawks meet Tuesday at the Allen Fieldhouse.

The West Virginia Mountaineers need a big win after winning four of their last six games. On the season, WVU is averaging 74 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Devin Williams is averaging 10.8 points and 8.1 rebounds while Jevon Carter is averaging 8.8 points and 1.7 assists. Jonathan Holton is grabbing six rebounds and Gary Browne is dishing 1.5 assists. The West Virginia Mountaineers have five players averaging at least seven points, and they’re shooting 65.8 percent from the line and 31.2 percent from deep. Defensively, WVU is allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 71 or more points in five of its last eight games. Juwan Staten is questionable with a knee injury.

Kansas vs. West Virginia - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kansas Jayhawks play their last home game and have won five of their last eight. On the season, Kansas is averaging 71.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and is allowing 64.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting. Perry Ellis is averaging 14.5 points and 7.2 rebounds while Frank Mason III is averaging 12.1 points and 4.3 assists. Wayne Selden Jr. is dishing three assists and Kelly Oubre Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Kansas Jayhawks have five players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 71.4 percent from the line and 39.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and has given up 64 or less points in four of its last six games. Cliff Alexander is questionable.

The Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. loss. The Jayhawks are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The home team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. 

I've been high on West Virginia all season, and it's paid off for the most part. The Mountaineers pressure defense should be able to keep this game close and take the crowd out at times. Give me the points in a battle between two heavyweights. 

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West Virginia Mountaineers +9.5

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