West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas Jayhawks - 2/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas Jayhawks (21-4) at West Virginia Mountaineers (19-6)
College Basketball: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The #9 Kansas Jayhawks go on the road to to take the hardwood with Big 12 rival the #21 West Virginia Mountaineers.
The #9 Kansas Jayhawks are in familiar territory at the top of the Big 12 and in the top ten of the national rankings behind plenty of scoring and a more then adequate defense. The Jayhawks are looking for win number three in a row after both ends of the floor played well in a 74-64 victory over visiting Baylor on Saturday as a 7.5 point favorite. A 43-31 KU run erased a six point deficit as the Bears never found the range with a 34.5% shooting effort while the home team responded with nearly 47% accuracy with a decisive 24-14 advantage at the stripe. Perry Ellis and Kelly Oubre Jr. led the offense with 18 points and six boards apiece followed by Wayne Selden Jr. and Landen Lucas with 15 and nine points respectively.
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The #21 West Virginia Mountaineers have rode their big offense to a top 25 ranking and and 4th in the conference which is impressive stuff with the Big 12 having no shortage of quality teams. The Mountaineers are looking to get back on track after suffering defeats in three of four following a 79-59 loss at Iowa State as a seven point underdog on Saturday. Both teams combined for 35 turnovers but the Cyclones held an edge in most areas with over 56% marksmanship and 15 more free throws while WVU struggled to 38% from the floor. Juwan Staten was the Mountaineers only double digit scorer with 16 points and seven helpers on 6-11 shooting with Chase Connor next in line with nine points. Gary Browne followed with eight points while seven others scored five points or less as the Cylclones swept the season series.
The Jayhawks are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Kansas are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12. The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. West Virginia are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Short and sweet...I don't think losing three of four with Kansas coming to town is a good thing for the Mountaineers...