West Virginia Mountaineers (15-16) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (14-16)
March 9, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats -1 / West Virginia Mountaineers +1; Over/Under: -138.5
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The West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas State Wildcats meet in college basketball action from the T-Mobile Center on Wednesday night.
The West Virginia Mountaineers come into the conference tournament as the #9 seed, finishing the year at 15-16 overall, including 4-14 in Big 12 conference play this season. Taz Sherman leads WVU in scoring and assists with 18.3 PPG and 2.4 APG while Sean McNeil has 12.2 PPG to make up the duo of double-digit scorers for WVU so far this season. Malik Curry has 9.2 PPG and Jalen Bridges also has 8.5 PPG and 4.8 RPG while Gabe Osabuohien has 5.6 RPG to lead the Mountaineers on the glass. As a team, West Virginia is averaging 68.5 PPG on 41.3% shooting from the field, 32.4% from three and 72.2% from the foul line while allowing 68.5 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field and 32.2% from three this season.
The Kansas State Wildcats will look enter the Big 12 tourney as the #8 seed finishing the year at 14-16 overall including a 6-12 mark in Big 12 conference play. Nijel Pack leads the Wildcats in scoring with 17.4 PPG while Markquis Nowell has 12.6 PPG and a team-high 5.1 APG as well this season. Mark Smith also has 12.6 PPG along with a team-high 8.5 RPG to lead the Wildcats on the glass and to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Kansas State so far this season. As a team, Kansas State is averaging 69.1 PPG on 42% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 72.4% from the foul line while allowing 67.3 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field and 30% from three this season.
West Virginia is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games as an underdog and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win while the over Is 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games. Kansas State is 8-21-3 ATS in their last 32 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall.
I get the case to be made for West Virginia here, as this is a proud WVU program. However, as proud as they want to be, the Mountaineers haven’t played well over the course of conference play. Kansas State hasn’t been a world beater either, but they’ve been the better team over the course of conference play and in a near pick ‘em spot, I have to side with K-State here.