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Kansas State vs. West Virginia - 1/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
West Virginia Mountaineers (12-1) at Kansas State Wildcats (11-2)
Date & Time Monday January 1, 2018, 5:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Kansas State Wildcats +2.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPNU
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NCAA BB | West Virginia Mountaineers (12-1) at Kansas State Wildcats (11-2)
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The West Virginia Mountaineers and Kansas State Wildcats meet Monday in college basketball action at the Bramlage Coliseum.

The West Virginia Mountaineers look for another victory to build on their 12-game winning streak. The West Virginia Mountaineers are averaging 84.8 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.6 points on 40 percent shooting. Jevon Carter is averaging 17.7 points and 6.4 assists while Daxter Miles Jr. is averaging 14.6 points and 3.7 rebounds. Lamont West is the third double-digit scorer and James Bolden is grabbing 2.2 rebounds. The West Virginia Mountaineers are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.7 percent from the free throw line. The West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.1 rebounds per game. The West Virginia Mountaineers have won five of their last seven road games.

The Kansas State Wildcats look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The Kansas State Wildcats are averaging 77.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 63.2 points on 38.9 percent shooting. Barry Brown is averaging 14.9 points and three assists while Kamau Stokes is averaging 14.8 points and 2.8 rebounds. Dean Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Xavier Sneed is dishing 2.1 assists. The Kansas State Wildcats are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Kansas State Wildcats are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Kansas State Wildcats have won eight straight home games.

The Mountaineers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Big 12 and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games. The Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big 12 and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.

The West Virginia Mountaineers haven't had a tough road game yet this season, so this is going to be a strong test here. The Kansas State Wildcats are coming off back-to-back wins over Washington State and Iowa State, and they're an elite defensive group that's going to get after it. Kansas State has also shown it can score the basketball and already went toe-to-toe with Arizona State, losing by a single bucket. I like what I've seen from KSU, so I'll take the free bucket with them at home.

Pick:
Kansas State Wildcats +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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