West Virginia Mountaineers (7-1) at Kansas Jayhawks (7-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Allen Fieldhouse)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas Jayhawks meet in Big 12 conference college basketball action on Tuesday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers will look to add to their four-game winning streak after picking up a 70-65 win over Iowa State last time out. Derek Culver and Miles McBride each had a team-high 18 points with Culver shooting 7 of 10 from the floor with a team-high 12 rebounds for the double-double while McBride had 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Oscar Tshiebwe added 12 points with 5 rebounds and Taz Sherman added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for WVU in the win. Gabe Osabuohien also chipped in 7 rebounds, 4 assist and 3 steals in the victory for the Mountaineers. McBride leads West Virginia in scoring and assists with an average of 15 points and 4.3 assists per game while Culver leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 10.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 76 points on 42% shooting from the field, 32.8% from 3-point range and 71.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.1 points on 42.1% shooting from the field and 27.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Kansas Jayhawks will look to add to their current 7-1 record and seven-game winning streak after a 58-57 win over Texas Tech last time out. Ochai Agbaji had 23 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 4 threes while Marcus Garrett added 10 points with 10 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as the only other Kansas player to score in double figures in the win with the double-double. Christian Braun added 10 rebounds of his own as well in the victory. Agbaji leads the Jayhawks in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game while Garrett leads Kansas in assists with 3.9 assists per game and Jalen Wilson leads Kansas in rebounding with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Kansas is averaging 78.6 points on 44% shooting from the field, 39.2% from 3-point range and 72.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66.3 points on 39.3% shooting from the field and 29.5% from 3-point range this season.
West Virginia is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a win while the under is 21-10-1 in their last 32 games overall. The home team is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings between these two teams.
This is probably the game of the day on the card and I expect a battle as such between two of the top teams in the country. With that said, I think we see a battle into the mid-to-high 60s, so I’ll side with he under as my free pick for this game but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.