Kansas vs. West Virginia - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
West Virginia Mountaineers (19-7) at Kansas Jayhawks (20-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 6:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 154 See the Latest Odds
We have some Big 12 action on the college basketball schedule on Saturday evening as the #20 West Virginia Mountaineers take on the #13 Kansas Jayhawks.
The #20 West Virginia Mountaineers will try to find some consistency after splitting their last 8 games, including an 82-66 win over TCU in their last outing. Teddy Allen led the Mountaineers with 16 points and a team-high 6 rebounds, while James Bolden came 2nd with 14 points on 5 of 9 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals in just 17 minutes. Daxter Miles Jr added 13 points while Wesley Harris added 3 triples as part of his 11 points to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for West Virginia. Sagaba Konate added 8 points with 4 blocks, while Jevon Carter chipped in 9 points to match his team-high 9 assists in the winning effort for WVU. Carter leads West Virginia with an average of 16.9 points and 6.8 assists per game, while Konate leads the Mountaineers on the glass with 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is scoring 81 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 76.7% from the foul line this season.
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The #13 Kansas Jayhawks will try to find some measure of consistency of their own after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 83-77 win over Iowa State in their last outing. Udoka Azubuike led KU with 19 points on 9 of 10 shooting with 3 blocks in 22 minutes, while Malik Newman came 2nd with 17 points and a share of the team-high with 6 rebounds. Lagerald Vick came right behind with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 4 threes while Devonte’ Graham added 13 points with 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk chipped in 10 points to finish off the double digit scoring for Kansas in the win. Graham leads the Jayhawks with an average of 17.5 points and 7.2 assists per game while Azubuike leads Kansas with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Kansas is scoring 81.8 points per game on 48.9% shooting from the field, 39.3% from behind the arc and 70.3% from the foul line this season.
West Virginia is 6-13 ATS in their last 19 Saturday games and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Kansas is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 conference matchups. The home team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams have struggled with consistency lately, however I’m concerned about the Jayhawks especially. Allen Fieldhouse hasn’t been the dominant fortress like years past, as teams like Arizona State and Oklahoma State have come in and won outright as sizeable underdogs. West Virginia isn’t getting that kind of number here, but the Mountaineers are still solid defensively and match up well with the Jayhawks here, so I’ll take West Virginia and the points in this one.