West Virginia vs. Kansas State - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (16-6) at West Virginia Mountaineers (16-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 145.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 2
The Kansas State Wildcats will travel to WVU Coliseum to take on the 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Kansas State Wildcats had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-6 (5-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the 7th ranked Kansas Jayhawks, 70-56, this past Monday. Kansas State struggled offensively against their in-state rivals and couldn’t fight back after a 5-0 Jayhawks run gave Kansas a 64-50 lead with 3:19 left in regulation. Kansas State shot just 32.3% from the field and 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was Dean Wade who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Kansas State is averaging 75.4 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Wildcats are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas State has been led by Barry Brown (17.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.1 spg), Dean Wade (16.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Kamau Stokes (13.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.4 spg), and Xavier Sneed (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Kansas State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Wildcats have a rebound margin of -2.7 and a turnover margin of 4.1. The Wildcats will be without Kamau Stokes as he is out indefinitely due to a foot injury.
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The 15th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 16-6 (5-4 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa State Cyclones, 93-77, this past Wednesday night. West Virginia has one of their worst defensive performances under Bob Huggins and couldn’t fight back after Iowa State took an 84-70 lead with 4:40 left in regulation. West Virginia allowed Iowa State to shoot 62.1% from the field and 55.6% (10-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Jevon Carter who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and a steal. On the season, West Virginia is averaging 80.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, West Virginia has been led by Jevon Carter (17.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 6.6 apg, 3.2 spg), Daxter Miles Jr. (12.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.4 spg), Lamont West (10.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Sagaba Konate (10.1 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 3.3 bpg). Defensively, West Virginia is holding their opponents to an average of 67.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 6.8. The Mountaineers might be without Daxter Miles Jr. who is currently questionable with an illness.
The Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Big-12 opponents and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Mountaineers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Kansas State couldn’t get a victory over their in-state rival Kansas, however, the Wildcats have had some success this season led by their defense which ranks 52nd in scoring defense and 90th in defensive FG%. West Virginia has been in tail-spin as of late, losing 5 of their last 6 games and although the Mountaineers come into this matchup ranked 44th in scoring offense and 71st in scoring defense, West Virginia has allowed their last three opponents to average 86.0 ppg. I imagine it hasn’t been a fun few days for the Mountaineers since giving up 93 points to Iowa State, however, I think as Kansas State isn’t the same team on the road as they are at home, I’m banking on West Virginia to get back on track in this one and win by double-digits. Take West Virginia to cover.